Time. How do we define time? The textbook definition is “the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future.” This sounds really good, but on a day in day out basis, this definition does not get down to where most of us live.
What is time?
We’ve have learned that time is a series of moments. A collection of experiences. It is a succession of allotted days that we are given by our Creator.
In a perfect world we would have full knowledge of how our allotted days would play out. We would be able to clearly understand what the next day would bring and make decisions and adjust our lives accordingly. Unfortunately, and maybe fortunately, that is not how time works.
Time consists of primarily mundane and menial moments and experiences most of which we will forget. To the contrary, time is defined by the major moments and experiences. Life markers if you will. These aspects of time are what humans reflect on in the twilight years of life. With all, there will be life markers that evoke much pain and sadness and others (hopefully many more) that elicit great joy.
One such moment for us will come on January 15th as we celebrate six years of marriage! It’s hard to imagine that it has been six years since we pledged our love to each other before God in the company of family and friends. At that moment in time, we had no idea what the days ahead would bring. We have definitely had moments of great joy, but to the contrary we have experienced enough pain and sadness to fill a lifetime.
In seasons of weakness we have been tempted to weigh these moments and experiences in the balance and determine the quality of our lives based on the direction the scale tipped. As believers in Christ, however, we know that this is a faulty premise. We have the promise that “all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, ESV)
Rather than determining our quality of life based on the balance of good and bad moments and experiences, we place the totality of our lives in the hands of our Good Father. We trust in His sovereignty in times of uncertainty and believe that as a potter molds a vessel, He is using our moments and experiences to mold us. He is using the good and the bad to sanctify and conform us to the image of Christ.
The next few months of our lives will be some of the most challenging yet. In times like these we turn to the Scriptures for encouragement and hope. The writer of Hebrews offers us all great encouragement in the opening verses of the twelfth chapter. It reads:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrew 12:1-2, ESV)
With Christ as our example we will endure our trials knowing that in Him we have been given the strength to persevere. We also believe fully that from our trials we will have a great testimony of Christ faithfulness. Finally we look forward to brighter days ahead in this life, but ultimately in the life that is to come.
In the days, weeks, and years ahead we will use this blog to share with you the life markers that we experience. This is our invitation to you to learn more about our story as well as an opportunity for us to connect with you and encourage you in your life’s journey!
In His Grace,
Keith and Laura