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Tempus Fugit

Read Psalm 90:3-6 and using the title of a popular NBC show I thin you will agree - “This Is Us.” Moses writes:

“You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.” A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—they are like the new grass of the morning: In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered.” Psalm 90:3-6

The title I read for an article in Scientific American, “Why Does Time Seem to Speed Up with Age?” clarifies Moses’ thoughts. Many of us feel that time passes more quickly as we age, a perception that can lead to regrets and the remark, “Where did the time go?” According to psychologist Claudia Hammond, “the sensation that time speeds up as you get older is one of the biggest mysteries of the experience of time.”

If it weren’t so traumatic it would be comical how children and adults are never on the same page when it comes to experiencing the passing of time. As children and teenagers time elapses agonizingly slow for us and we can’t wait for dates, driver’s licenses, and experiences to arrive. But the older we became the more aggressively quick our years pass. The younger we are, the fresher our experiences as we learn new skills and we glamorize those moments of life in our memory. As adults our lives become more routine, and we experience fewer unfamiliar moments and so our perception of time changes too. It is all rather … humbling.

Moses considered dust, grass and other parts of creation to reflect how short our lives are from God’s perspective. Go outside for a moment and pick up some dirt. What does knowing you came from the stuff of earth and will return to it someday make you think and feel? Go on a vacation to the ocean, or walk where you can see the mountains or sky. What does knowing that these immense entities existed long before you came along and will exist after you are gone mean for you and the things that concern you today? It is a good thing to contemplate our smallness before an infinite and eternal God. While our experiences are most precious - our pain and troubles? Can in perspective be shrink-wrapped to a time-sensitive and manageable bundle by our soul-sensitive Creator. Paul said it well in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

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