Blog 2047 – 05.03.2021
In Latin, in English or most any other language, “Time Flies” is an expression one often hears when people pause to look back at how quickly we seem at times to move through our lives. As children the summers off from school seemed to last far longer than they do as our children grow up and have children of their own. Often the “tempus fugit” comment is uttered just after we have spent moments reliving past precious moments with a friend or friends.
We are often tempted to spent too much time dwelling in the past. Checking our rear view mirrors from time to time is a wise practice whether we are driving or living as is looking ahead, but it is very important to focus on the present moment, for we find eternity and divinity there. I often quote the small metal heart that I carry with me in my pocket every day. It reads on one side, “Thank you for this day, Spirit” and on the other, “I am Holy, I am Whole.” The two sides of this coin help me not only to stay focused and centered but remind me amid the rush of life just Who and Whose I am, something very important to keep in mind.
On a mountaintop once three of Jesus closest followers, Peter, James, and John had the marvelous experience of seeing Jesus meet with two glowing spirits from the past, Moses and Elijah, they both were shining as was Jesus himself. In a scene from the movie, Return of the Jedi, at Luke’s father’s flaming funeral the shining spirits of Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Anakin appear to Luke. Someone has said our literal bodies are made of stardust. Why then should it come as a surprise that our spirits are shining stars themselves?
A light year is the time it takes the light from a distance star to travel in one year. A reporter once asked the famous physicist, Albert Einstein what the speed of light was and purportedly the good doctor rather impatiently responded, “I do not bother my brain with things that I can look up in a book.” Well, I just looked it up and light travels at the speed of 299,792,458 meters per second or 186,000 miles per second. That is pretty fast. Einstein’s theory E=MC squared postulates that time and space are relative. We are currently riding on a big blue marble spinning on it’s axis and whirling through space on an annual elliptic path around the sun. How many trips around the sun our current ticket is good for none of us knows for certain. Jesus, called the Christ by many, only had thirty-three or so trips. I have already experienced twice that and am hoping to triple it before this particular adventure concludes.
I guess the point I am trying to arrive at in these ramblings can be expressed succinctly in two verses combined and slightly paraphrased: “Forgetting the past and taking but little thought for the morrow, let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Well and one more sentence – may our mad dash between two dates, birth and death, be really worthwhile however fast or slow it may seem to go.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
Time In A Bottle