“Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near.” vss. 11-12a
It’s so easy to lose track of time. Everyone knows the feeling! We get involved in one thing or another and before we are even aware that time has passed, a glance at our watch or phone can throw us into a panic. And it isn’t only minutes and hours that can slip away, it’s even more disconcerting when the same thing happens with years. Again, it happens to us all. It’s like we’re sleepwalking through life, paying little heed to the passing of the decades, when something happens to awaken us. It could be illness–maybe the arrival of a significant birthday–often awakening comes with a death. Those moments can be occasions for significant regret–we fear we’ll never be able to do those things we’ve put off. We begin to wish we could turn back the clock and make better persons of ourselves. Paul is bold enough to remind the Romans that the hour has come for them to wake up and begin to live as children of the light. They only have a lifetime–and that might soon be over. It’s a reminder that we could all take note of. If we’ve got some changes that need to be made, it really makes no sense to keep putting them off. One day we will run out of time!
Thought for the Day: What have I been putting off?