Here’s a strange question for you…how loud is the clock on your wall at home?
Have you ever noticed? I never had.
I was so busy. Hours of my life had played out beneath that red clock as I chased kids, folded laundry, watched t.v., and gave my son his chemotherapy.
Through it all, I was too busy to notice the small sound of the clock. My life was too loud to hear the ticking.
Then, one morning while the rest of the house slept, I sat in my blue chair to pray, and I heard it.
The clock ticked with a sound that shattered my silence. It tocked marking every moment until the house stirred and the kids were awake.
In my hyper-awareness of the seconds ticking by, I was reminded how fleeting our lives on this earth really are when considered in the context of eternity.
Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be. (Psalm 39:6)
We rush around from one thing to the next in life and why?
Are we secretly trying to avoid the obvious? The fact that our life in this physical world is not eternal? That each tick of the clock is crossing off another second in the book of our life?
Who could blame us? It’s morbid to think about.
But whether we hear the clock or not, moments are stacking together, gathering in a group that makes up our life.
We live a life of moments.
I don’t want to spend those moments rushing around numb. Wishy washy, so busy I don’t have time to figure out what I really believe. Either I’m going to be hot or cold, convicted one way or the other.
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (Revelations 3:15-16)
Life on this earth is not eternal.
There’s no time to live numb, so busy we don’t have time to decide what we truly believe.
But our choices don’t have to be monumental.
They can be small, like those seconds ticking away, in the little choices we make to spend time with Jesus, even when it’s hard. The way we love someone how Jesus would, or forgive our neighbor. In how we choose trust over fear.
Jesus’s love is eternal.
Through His love, in the small moments of our life, we can reach out and touch the vastness of eternity even now as the clock is ticking.
Daily prayer can help.
Let that first little choice you make in the morning be to be to talk to Jesus.
- Tell Jesus what you are grateful for.
- Tell Jesus what you are worried about or scared of at the moment.
- Invite Jesus into your day.
It has been my experience these few, simple moments spent with Jesus each day are life changing in the most wonderfully surprising ways.