Wednesdays with Words: Time is Like Water

I started this blog a long time ago and one of the first things I included was my favorite Bible passage which is still on the header today, 2 Samuel 14:14:

Like water poured on the ground which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life, instead He devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from Him. 

I learned that one way back in my NIV days, I like the ESV, too:

We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God will not take away life, and he devises means so that the banished one will not remain an outcast. 

I guess I like water analogies.

When I was listening to the most recent Mason Jar episode (On Kicking Off the School Year Well), I was struck twice by the way Cindy talked about time. At the beginning of the episode, she first analogized time to water in how it fills up the space that is available.  We find ways to fill up that space – with good things and bad – and have to contain it when we wish to add something.

Then, at the end of the episode, she cautions about filling our days so full with so many things – good and bad – for the purpose of “productivity.” I’ve seen a lot of talk this summer about letting kids get “bored” because that’s when they become creative. Hopefully not in a destructive way.

We will fill our time to the brim, every nook and cranny will be seeped into if we aren’t cautious to leave plain areas. God had to separate the seas from the dry land – to contain them. Our time is like this, we have to contain things from expanding to take up the whole space. As we watch it trickle and saturate the ground of our lives, we cannot re-gather it, we must use it fittingly in the first place.

Sometimes that proper way is to contain even good things in smaller buckets before everything seeps away.


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