“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 91:12
When my brother and his wife were married in the mid-1970’s, their wedding song was ‘Time in a Bottle’ by Jim Croce. Ironically, he released this song in 1972 and tragically died in a plane crash the following year at the age of 30. Some of the words are as follows:
“If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day
‘Til eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you.
“But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them.
I’ve looked around enough to know
“That you are the one I want to go
Through time with.”
Jim Croce realized that none of us can save time in a bottle, but he had made a wonderful discovery about time before his premature death. He knew it was fleeting and he chose how he would spend it. James 4:14 says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” No one knows the number of his days, but we do get to choose how we spend those days and with whom we spend them!
The way we spend our time has become more apparent during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent isolation. We can choose to look at this time as a gift, a time to ask the Lord to stir spiritual hunger within us. Awaken us, Lord! We desire to come out of this season without regrets, as a preparation for the next season. This is certainly a time to “store up treasures in heaven where moth and rust don’t destroy” (Matthew 6:20.) As A.W. Tozer says, “He (man) must count no time wasted, which is spent in the cultivation of His (God’s) acquaintance.” We do become what we behold.
A disciplined lifestyle produces good results. Being disciplined doesn’t mean missing out on the leading of the Holy Spirit, but it does mean that our days are not random and without purpose. This is a great time to spend in the Word and with the Lord – and to consider putting the two great Commandments in their rightful places in our lives: “To love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and “To love Your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-38).
This can be a wonderful time of reshaping how we spend our time – putting God and family first. Yes, we will likely return to some things that were on our schedules ‘before COVID-19.’ However, may this investment of time shape some new habits that glorify God!
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