“If I only had time…” sang Gene Pitney in the ‘60’s.
“If I could save time in a bottle…” sang Jim Croche in the ‘70’s.
There are dozens more songs about time, maybe even hundreds.
I looked it up.
Time is important to everybody. There never seems to be enough of it. Personally speaking, I need time to take care of our house, time to babysit our grandchildren, time to exercise, time to think of plots for books, time to cook, time to go grocery shopping, time to finish writing my next book, time to spend time with my husband and it goes on and on.
I know two dear sisters in Christ who have been told that their time here on earth is acutely limited. They have certainly come to appreciate this precious time with their families.
It’s important to remember that time is strictly for humans. God is outside of time. This concept is probably far beyond our understanding, but Christian writer C.S. Lewis took a stab at it. Think of time as being like a book, he suggested. We are outside the book, and at any time we can open it at any page and see what’s going on. The characters are confined to the pages inside the book, but we’re not. We can read the end before the beginning, if we want. This is what God can do with time. I’m sure it’s much more complicated than that in reality, but it helps me get an idea of how it’s possible.
The Bible says that “…a thousand years in Your [God's] sight are like a day that has just gone by…” (Psalm 90:4) In other words, time as we know it just doesn’t have relevance in Heaven.
Remember the words of the beloved old hymn, Amazing Grace, “When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we first begun.” I love the idea of having all the time, not in the world but in the Infinite, to do joyous, holy things.
But for the time being (no pun intended), we’re the characters in the book rather than the reader, and we have to cope with the element of time. It’s really true that the older you get, the faster time seems to pass. I remember as a child how impatient I would get, waiting for my birthday or Christmas to come. Now, the days and weeks are sailing past and I sometimes feel like I don’t have a chance to catch my breath.
I have a prayer I pray when time is part of the equation.
“Dear Lord,” I ask, “please ‘accordion’ the time. Pull it out longer when more time is needed or when it’s important for an event to come quickly, please dear Father, squeeze the accordion to make that happen, too.” God is outside of time. He has control over things that we can’t imagine. As a loving Father, He will listen and if it’s His good will to tinker with the time, He can do it.
I have prayed that prayer many times, especially when things are hectic and sometimes desperate. And many times, He helps me in this way. And sometimes, I think I can hear the faint sound of a Heavenly Accordion.