By John Ulaj
It’s amazing how quickly time passes. Time: a precious commodity, a finite resource. As we grow wiser (and certainly, older) time is truly the most precious commodity we all possess.
I’ll always remember Councilman Bob Zwolak for, among other things, his enlightening slogan: “Thank you for sharing your time with me today.”
My friends, Happy Easter to you and yours! As you watch television and catch up on the latest current events, you may wonder, has the world gone mad.
I want to challenge you — and myself — to focus more on the good things in life. To keep focused on thoughts that will let you prosper. Thoughts of encouragement, love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, and most importantly, faith in Christ Jesus.
In the Book of Psalms, King David reminds us how precious God’s thoughts are to us, and how thoughts can help us prosper or hurt us ( Psalm 139:17).
Easter should be a time of deep joy and hope, reflecting how God never changes. We are reminded, of course, of Christ’s resurrection, and of God’s promise that he will never leave nor forsake us. That he walks with us, even during our times of distress due to tribulation.
I would like to share with you one of my favorite quotes by Pastor Dr. David Jeremiah, in his summation of how great life is: “Yet time passes, everything decays, and except for the reality of God, the entire universe will one day burn out, die out, and fade to blackness.”
Except for God.
The psalmist said, “But You, O Lord, shall endure forever.” God is our constant in a changing world. He is our stability in unstable times. You can anchor your soul on Him, the Rock that abides forever. He died to give us eternal life, and He lives to prepare our eternal home. You can forever abide in Him who changes not.
When you see a butterfly with its beautiful wings fluttering around your yard or park, you might ponder its time on this earth. It has a one-month lifespan. Alligators can live up to 50 years. There are whales swimming in the oceans that carry around the ivory points of spears flung at them 200 years ago. A giant tortoise can celebrate 250 birthdays.
The Antarctic Sponge has a lifespan of 1500 years. And there is a species of jellyfish said to be virtually immortal: when it grows old, it has the ability to cycle back to an immature stage and start all over again. We human beings may live 75 years, or 110, or a single day.
God lives forever.
The Bible repeatedly reassures us of God’s strengthening grace. So please, take care of yourself, avoid unnecessary weariness, rest in Him, and draw from His strength. The same God who built a 100,000-mile ring around Saturn also made the tiny feather of a humming bird. He can do anything; His power is unlimited.
Happy Easter from The Hamtramck Review!
April 20, 2014 at 9:17 pm
Beautiful reminders of the everlastingness and all-present God who carries us eternally in peace, John!
Thanks and 50 full days of celebrating Easter to you through powerful Pentecost.