When I was a teenager, I had a clock radio much like the one pictured. Mine had a “snooze” button on top, which I used a lot! An analog clock is rarely used today, is it? Instead, nowadays we most often look at the digital clocks on our dashboards, ovens, and especially on our phones. Occasionally, when Ron and I are driving, we’ve crossed a time zone line, and one or both of our cell phones didn’t “catch up!” That was confusing. Well, something similar happened to us during our time camping in the Porkies.
Who would think that in the middle of a mountain drive, in the middle of a huge state park, but all within just one county and one state – Michigan – one would come across a time zone division? Well, we did! Much to our surprise, this huge park has two different time zones.
So, by the time we reached the Lake of the Clouds at the top of Porcupine Mountains, the time had changed from 1:30 to 12:30. Since we didn’t know about it or expect it, it was quite confusing! We viewed the beautiful lake and landscape, hiked 3.5 miles through the deep woods, over roots and red slate rocks, straight down .5 mile to the base of the huge lake and up again in hot, sticky damp heat, and were totally exhausted, so it was even more confusing! Again, I had packed a picnic lunch in a wicker basket, including a red-checkered tablecloth (in keeping with the “time frame” of the 1950’s when I had first visited this site). The clock in the vehicle showed one time – our cell phone showed another. So now we wondered ~ What time is it anyway? It was later than we thought! We assumed we had much more time than this!
You’ve probably heard the classic soft rock song, “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Pete Seeger composed it in the late 50’s, and The Byrds made it popular when they recorded it in 1965. Click it on to listen. (If the website music is playing, you can lower or mute it with the Music Player adjustments at the side or on the bottom of this site.)
Ron and I grew up with this song, so it really brought back some memories for us! I said that Pete Seeger wrote this song, but actually, he only composed the music. The lyrics were already written. Did you know that these lyrics are the first 8 verses of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3? God wrote these words through King Solomon. You’re probably quite familiar with it:
There’s a time for everything . . .
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
And so on . . .
If you’ve lived for a while like I have, you are familiar with these “times.” Some are pleasant – like “a time to laugh”; others are not – like “a time to weep.” Most of us have experienced both of these “times.” We know they are a part of life. It’s not surprising then, that Pete Seeger titled his song, “Turn, Turn, Turn.” The “times” of our lives are constantly turning and often become confusing.
Jesus knew we would get confused in this life, thinking we have much more time to do everything we want to do – much more time to live. Some people think that becoming a believer might detract from that “living,” but actually, it brings abundance of life! So, I think that’s why He told us that now is the time of God’s favor. Now is the day of salvation. He wants you to believe in Him and have abundance of life and the abundance of time!
I plan on living to be very old unless the Lord comes first to gather the believers, which could happen anytime! Either way, I’m ready and can spend the time I have left – living and loving and doing everything good I read about in Eccl. 3 and hear in Pete Seeger’s song: to plant and heal and build and laugh and dance and mend and speak and love and make peace. Are you ready to meet the Lord when He gathers us? If so, join me in living life to the fullest with these good things. If not, get ready. Learn what Jesus did for you, and believe! Click here to learn more at www.kathiwaligora.com/become-a-believer
It’s all between you and God, your maker. He’s given you this time – so you can be sure. You needn’t be confused!
Read more – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Hosea 10:12; 2 Corinthians 6:2
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