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In recent weeks, since I began teaching the Parents of Teenagers Sunday School class, we’ve talked quite a bit about how “time flies” as a parent.  We’ve discussed the saying that states, “The days are long, but the years are short.”  We think so much of moments, days, years…times past and things to come.  We deal with so much regret of the past, fear of the future, and confusion in the present.

For us, time passes quickly, we miss moments, and the days can drag on.  We anticipate what’s coming and hold on to what’s gone. Time seems to hold us, mold us, and control us.

I’m reminded of a quote from Thomas Mann, philanthropist and essayist in the early 1900s:  “Hold fast the time!  Guard it; watch over it, every hour, every minute!  Unregarded it slips away, like a lizard, smooth slippery, and faithless…Hold every moment sacred. Give each clarity and meaning, each the weight of thine awareness, each its true and due fulfillment.”

I can’t disagree with the notion of spending our time wisely, but thankfully, God knows no time.  He never expects and never regrets…He’s all knowing.  There’s no looking forward, no glancing back.  For Him there are no surprises, no mysteries, or nothing unexpected.  God has never said, “Well, I didn’t see that coming!”
God dwells in an eternal now.  All that He is, He has always been and will be forever more.

With Him there is no need for growth, change, or becoming.
He is security’s foundation and time’s sovereign.  In a world where everything is ever changing, He is a rock of secure, unchanging, and eternal hope.

When the past is eating at you…when the present is exasperating you…when the future is beyond uncertain…trust the One who knows the end from the beginning, the Ancient of Days.  His word tells us to “Cast all your care upon Him, He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7



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