The Curse of Time

8 May

 

Imagine, if you can, a day without a clock or a watch—a day without appointments and a crammed schedule—getting the kids off to school, meeting that deadline at work or racing from one aisle to another in the supermarket.

Imagine a day without delays—and you realize that delays are possible only in time.

When I imagine such things, I realize that eternity—at the very least—is a blessing because there is no time, or clock. There is no rush and there is no schedule.

Eternity, of course, is so much more.

It is not a negative “without such and such,” but a positive “fullness of life” with, before and in God.

Sometimes I want to go back in time to the Garden of Eden to give Adam and Eve a good scolding. But then I realize I would do no better than they did because I do no better now. Even with all the hindsight, knowledge of salvation through Jesus Christ, with all the history of God working in our lives, I still disobey him.

And, as with Adam and Eve, I live in time. My heart may be yearning for eternity, for that glorious, never-changing life in the presence of God—but I am trapped here in time.

Is time a curse—a curse that ties me to a whirlwind of opposing desires and drives and schedules and duties?

Perhaps.

But, I do know that if the Lord told me that I would die in the next minute, or next week or next year, I would be begging him for more time—more time to get it right, to learn and practice perfect obedience and to worship him as he deserves to be worshipped.

So, it is true that time sometimes seems like a curse, a prison that smothers us with duties, schedules and other frictions of living.

But, time is also a great gift—time to repent, to make things right with God and our loved ones, to make the world a better place because we have each become a better person, a more loving and generous child of God.

 

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2 Responses to “The Curse of Time”

  1. funinclay@windstream.net May 8, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    Point to ponder

    Do we not determine what is a curse or a blessing?? Dick

    • Henry Libersat May 9, 2017 at 2:45 am #

      Well, yes and no. Yes, we can consider suffering a curse when it is, in faith, an opportunity to join Christ on the Cross for the salvation of souls.

      And no, we do not define curse and blessing on our own. We look to the Scriptures, the Commandments and the teachings of the Church to see what is cruse and what is a blessing.

      For example, many contemporaries believe it is okay, even a “blessing” to live together outside of marriage. We know, in faith, that is not so.

      But then, dear Dick, you already know all this. But thanks for letting me pop off.

      Henry

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