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November 7, 2012

by Wilma Lindquist
November is National Family Month and each year the Fulda Reading Club honors our families with articles concerning our lives relative to family values.

The Wisdom of Time

by: Wilma Lindquist

“Let me check my calendar.” “I don’t know if I have time for that.” This year is going so fast.” We have all said these things. It seems our lives are so filled that it is difficult to make time for the things that are most important. Time can test almost anything and anyone.

Living in a farming community we are aware of the timetable of our seasonal universe. Farmers are so dependent on things that are out of their control - especially the weather - which can be good or bad. However, there is a time to sow, to tend and to harvest.

A cartoon caption appearing in a New Yorker magazine reflects on our attitudes of good or bad. Two men are conversing as the one man says, “I wish you would make up your mind, Mr. Dickens, Was it the best of times or was it the worst of times? It could scarcely have been both.”

In the hymn by Isaac Watts, “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” one verse begins “Time like an ever rolling stream.....” Time is likened to a river and offers hope and peace to life’s challenges and blessings.

Taking time to observe life creates space for us to receive those special moments and gifts that are taking place around us daily.

One of life’s annoyances is to walk through a spider web. Though we are quick to wipe away all traces of it, we often do not take the time to notice the artistic work that goes into each web. We go through our busy days failing to appreciate the beauty around us. We take our lives and health for granted and we neglect to see the wonders of God’s creation and how intricately He has made us and this world in which we live.

Fall offers us this awesome array of color in the tapestry display of leaves and the bounty of harvest time. Winter beauty is given to us in our northern country with the purity of a white world. As spring approaches the excitement of returning to life from winters hibernation as nature rebounds and then watching it mature into summer. Observing these seasonal times of the year teach us the importance of preparation and appreciation.

Sharing this appreciation with your family and friends of these blessings is the understanding that was given to Job in the Bible by God concerning the fact that He created all things in His time.

This is stated as the refrain in the childrens hymn by Cecil Alexander All Things Bright and Beautiful

All things bright and beautiful

All creatures great and small

And all things wise and wonderful

The Lord God made them all.

At this special season we need to check our time clocks - not for daylight savings time changes - but for the realization that the clock is ticking and each second is a missed opportunity to use your time wisely.

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