Time

Tide | National Geographic Society

Woohoo! #Five Minute Friday is back for 2021 where we write on a one word prompt for 5 minutes. Today’s prompt is- time!

“Time and tide wait for no man” is the saying, so I thought I would compare time to the tide today.

The tide flows in and out, in and out, ebb and flow, ebb and flow. Constant and yet different.

Sometimes it seems to come rushing in, sweeping everything in its way, other times it is long and lazy.

There are the ebb and flows of normal tides which just come and go almost unnoticed, probably like most of our days, just in and out, in and out.

Other times there are big tides, called Spring tides, and they are high, high tides bringing up with them and depositing a load of garbage in its wake. Then they go out, low, low and we find treasures, food even. Life can be like that, a lot of garbage seems to be swept up, sometimes an inordinately amount of it for us to deal with, but we can also find treasure at such time.

Big and low, small and insignificant, ebb and.flow.

Time comes, time goes.

Perhaps we need to learn from the tide and just go with the flow whatever that is in the season of our lives we are in. Go with the big rushes, go with the garbage clean up, go with the slow everyday and always be looking for the treasure!!

Now

Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven - Lyrics, Hymn Meaning and Story

Joining again with the #Five Minute Friday group of writers where we write on a one word prompt. Today’s prompt is: Now

For many people their ‘now’ is actually a very long space of time, they do one task, and then ask, ‘what am I going to do now’? From having very little time, or no time to do anything, suddenly there is lots of time. What do we do with our time, how do we fill our ‘nows’?

Perhaps this is a good time to reflect on our stewardship of time, how we usually fill our days: with good things, necessary things, godly things even, but are they the things we should be doing? Do we need to restock and think of the amount of time we would have spent out at meetings, and now actually we can spend in contemplation? Rushing from one committee meeting to another, pressed by the decisions to be made whereas now we can take a step back, pray and ask God for His better way?

How to we fill our nows? We have a choice, many choices, but one thing I would suggest is Praise. Praise lifts the heart, praise lifts the mind, praise exults God, praise it not about us.

So take one of your ‘now’ moments and choose Praise:

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
To his feet thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Evermore his praises sing:

Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise the everlasting King.Praise him for his grace and favor
To our fathers in distress;
Praise him still the same for ever,
Slow to chide and swift to bless:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Glorious in his faithfulness.Father-like, he tends and spares us;
Well our feeble frame he knows;
In his hand he gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes.