Recently while decluttering my mum’s house, I came across some of my old stuff. A birthday card from my 8th birthday, a short composition about myself when I was 10, a magazine featuring my classmates that my friend and I wrote when we were 11, many success cards from family and friends for a major primary school exam.
My acceptance letter into High School, notes and little cards we passed to each other while in class. Letters from my family and friends in other High schools… I spent a lot of time taking photos and sending them to friends that I’m still in touch with. So many were hilarious… One of the funny ones to me said, ‘You must be stupid to think that the Sahara Desert was once an ocean’… This was after a Geography class where I had suggested the same… Then after notes, little encouragement ‘pass it on’ cards, were more success cards for a major High School exam that would determine whether or not you’d go to University.
I found little ‘chats’ that some of my friends and I would have during lectures, Letters to God (these were so many…and they started in High School when I’d beg that God miraculously clears my acne to when I’d pray for grace in my relationships). Then congratulation cards and my treasured journals/prayer books.
This activity was dusty fun… As I read some of the notes I picked up a few lessons about time:
i. Value the people you have around you, they won’t always be there. My high school deskmate passed on, so have a few other people who had signed cards or who I remember from those phases of life… Others have moved away and we lost touch… I was reminded to treat people like I only had that particular day with them… Do not take people for granted.
ii. Worry is so silly! It’s natural but silly! I looked at the different things I worried about when I was in primary school, high school and university and I now wonder how I would worry about such ‘petty’ things. I’m sure that there are things I worry about now such as finding a job, a spouse and my thesis that I’ll look back at in a few years and smile. In short, trust God! Proverbs 3: 5 & 6.
iii. As Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 3:1- There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. There are different seasons in life, good and bad…I’m learning to enjoy whatever season I’m in. Even when I don’t like it… And I have to remind myself that, ‘He has made everything beautiful in its time‘- Ecclesiastes 3:11.
iv. Nothing is permanent… Just that…Nothing is permanent. Today you’re rich, tomorrow you’re poor…Today you’re poor, tomorrow you’re rich. Today you’re healthy, tomorrow disease. Today disease and so sure of death, tomorrow health… You catch my drift…
What lessons have you learnt about time, over time?