Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” NIV
Sweetheart and I recently won VIP tickets to a concert at our local outdoor pavilion. While these days I am a symphony, Josh Groban, and Yanni fan, I was quite the rock concert goer in my day. When we found out the concert was Journey, Foreigner, and Night Ranger we were practically giddy with going back and reliving our teenage years at a rock concert! I mean there were the usual questions from friends who about the age of the musicians and whether we would all, band included, have to take bathroom breaks and end by 9 so we could get home at a reasonable hour.
I must admit that the VIP part of the package was a luxury we never had in our youth. Parking one row back from the gate, a private gate to enter in, food and drink in an air conditioned area, and two seats about thirty rows back from the stage. When compared to the two mile hike from the parking in a farmer’s field, scraping together enough to buy a ticket (usually from a scalper), and then sweating like a pig (I know…..ladies don’t sweat) through the entire event, and looking at tiny ants on a stage half a mile away, I can honestly say that sitting on the lawn will never quite be the same.
At the end of the night however, we were quite firmly convinced that we were old. We wondered out loud if our ears were bleeding although we couldn’t hear ourselves think, much less hear each other. It became quite obvious midway through the last band that the guitar rifts had become quite tedious, it sure was getting late, and how did these sixty something year old men keep jumping off the stage like that? Oh and sweetheart fussed about the unfairness of the fact that a man with at least ten years on him had more hair than all of our daughters combined. We laughed our way home, reminded of the sermon about time wisely used we had just heard that very morning. We agreed that we had just wasted an entire evening trying to relive something from our past only to realize that it’s never the same when you try to recreate an event.
At church yesterday, www.fotw.org, Pastor Kerry spoke about the importance of using your time wisely. One of the things he mentioned was that time is linear. Wow! This made me stop and think. What a concept! We are all trained to think that time goes in a circle much like a clock. If you miss noon today, there is always noon tomorrow. And yet….time never goes backward. You can’t have the noon you miss today back when you get to tomorrow. You can never live a day over again. Heartsill Wilson said “God has given me this day to use it as I will. I can waste it – or use it for good, but what I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it!”
How profound was the message that sweetheart and I came to understand yesterday. Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom” NLT No, the message was not to give up attending rock concerts, although we learned that the top row of the lawn is the best place to view the concert, still retain our hearing, and leave early. Our message was that you can’t relive your youth. That season of our life has passed. While the choice of what to fill our days with is ultimately ours to make, if we align ourselves with His will, we will continue to move forward along the timeline of our life. This new season of our life, our second half, is full of new days and new opportunities. We just both pray that we get our hearing back before next Sunday so we can hear the rest of Pastor Kerry’s messages.