WHAT DIFFERENCE AN HOUR MAKES
“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
No other time in history for me have I been able to look at time in a totally different way. Over the span of my life, time was something that was important, don't get me wrong, but it really was a part of my life that I never really stopped and focused on. I knew that the sun came up and the sun went down. I would find myself working and doing things and all of a sudden the day is gone. So I am not saying that time was not important, but that I never stopped to really engage the hour because I always thought that we had more time. And I think that during this time of quarantine, it has really made me stop and appreciate EVERY HOUR... and in some examples every minute. I honestly never would have thought we would be in this situation where it is not hours... it's not days.. it has been months since I have physically seen some of you, physically or online, and it really has caused me to look at time in a new way.
See I have always heard the phrase that hindsight is 20/20. I know that was also an old country song by Carlene Carter, but the message is just as valuable for us today. It is very easy to see perfectly things that we wished we had done differently knowing how the outcome would be. We recognize the moments of time that we pushed away and then all of a sudden the opportunities are gone. I totally think about you as each of you finished your school years this year in such a crazy way. Whether it be through the craziness of graduations or even the fact that many of you really connect with friends that most of the time you ONLY
see at school. If we would have all known this was coming in advance, I guarantee that we would have engaged the moments that we were able to spend in a completely different way. Unfortunately, that is a very difficult lesson that we have all learned and I hope that we put into practice moving forward. If we ever do get back to a normal opportunity for school, worship or even concerts and sporting events, I pray that we take advantage of EVERY SECOND. If we have learned nothing more from this scenario, I hope that we learned that there are things that are totally out of our control and to cherish the time that we have together.
And trust me I know that there are new things that we have replaced the old. For instance, I think many people have a new perspective on home schooling and the value of every one leaving to go to school or work and just connect with other people. Returning home makes it a little more valuable, but when we spend most of our time in the same location and with the same people, yeah satan finds ways to destroy the moments we have. I have talked to some or our parents of Seniors, and they have said that is has been wonderful. They have realized that their lives have been going so fast and chaotic, that they would have NEVER had the time to spend connecting with their students. So we continue to see the importance of taking every moment. With every chance that we have to connect with people, what if it was the last time that we were going to see them. How would that change the time that we spent with them and the conversations that we would have with each other? How would it change the last words that we speak knowing it may be the last time we see or hear their voice? I say this not in a morbid or self-defeating way, but I am saying that sometimes it takes a pandemic to help us realize the difference an hour can make.
Then I step into the lives of the disciples with our Scripture today. In the midst of His ministry, Jesus knew that with every day, it was one less day that he would have to impact the world. Jesus knew that He had to step into the moment, take hold of it and really push the message in a different way. I mean this Scripture is written weeks out, but I guarantee if the disciples knew, their hearts and minds would have been different. If the people knew all that was about to happen, they would have stayed and maybe leaned in a little more. Understand the disciples had already been with Jesus for three years. They had seen the
different ways that Jesus was able to engage people. They had experienced the miracles, the teaching moments, and the impact that Jesus had on the lives of others, but yet they still did not fully take the time to grasp the importance of the HOUR that was vastly approaching. Time flies by so fast and we miss so many opportunities because of our unwillingness to step into the moment. We have so many different agendas and things in the grand scheme of things, take away so many opportunities to steal the precious hours we have been given. There are tons of times I look back and continue to beat myself up for not taking time. But in reality, I pray that for all of us that instead of looking back at the time we cannot regain, we press forward to change our habits to appreciate the time that we have. The small battles and frustrations that causes us to lose connection for hours, days, months and even years, are not worth it in the end. The clock is ticking, and with every second that we continue to allow the world or our pride to take hostage these hours is one less chance we have to allow God the chance to change the world. Take advantage of ANY and ALL time that we have, for none of us know when our clocks will hit 00:00.