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Fleeting moments we’ve despised; these can never be revised

June 15, 2012

 The following lyrics are from a song that was recorded by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. For this post, all the words that appear in green are from songs on TSOs album “Beethovens Last Night”

“In every life, it has been said,
there comes a time to join the dead.
Admit there is no second chance,
and join death in a final dance.
 
Across the floor eternity,
until the final moments bled.
And in the dark to take his hand,
accept that it is time to wed.”     

Serious truth from a source which is undeniably secular. It’s not a hidden esoteric thing; in fact we walk beside it daily. Whether we are affluent or impoverished, free or restrained, highly educated or lacking in credentials, famous, infamous, or practically invisible, all of us have at least a mechanical understanding of this truth. Everyone has an appointed moment in which they must leave the temporal realm and embrace the eternal situation which they forged in life. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” The final moment in ones life can take a variety of approaches. Sometimes it can be seen afar off as in the case of one who has a terminal illness. Other times it can arrive without warning. An unexpected alteration in the flow of events, resulting in the departure of a soul from the land of the breathing. Regardless of the formula by which the final moment arrives, the result is universal. A biography is completed and the choices made by its subject will echo throughout the eons to come.

In the previous post, I mentioned a recent dream wherein I was in a line of people who were being executed (via gillotine) for the testiony of Jesus. It needs revisiting because I was unable to introduce a key element into the flow of dialogue. While apprehension seemed to build with every step toward the instrument of demise, another train of thought was proving to be far more powerful. I became engaged in a mental “whirlwind tour” of my past, wherein each decision and every endeavor of no eternal significance seemed to be magnified sevenfold. Fragments of memories flooded my mind as I revisited moments which had been squandered.  Time that slipped away and opportunities neglected because it was assumed that all of the  parties would be here tomorrow, and the next day, and the day following. Somehow we neglect to consider how quickly (and unexpectedly) our allotment of minutes can be fulfilled and others will have to carry away our earthly tabernacle.

“And now you claim you are not prepared,
So much to do you can not be spared.
Still your entreaties death will not hear.
 
The graveyard is filled with important men,
Who could not be spared but were in the end
And so now I wisper in your ear.”

A while back, I heard a portion of a message from the late Leonard Ravenhill. He stated words to the effect of “five minutes into eternity, we will wish that we had prayed more, fasted more, witnessed more, and spent more time being about our Fathers business.” The message has remained a point of cogitation ever since and on the evening of June 13, it became significantly more profound. After doing the necessary math, even calulating all of the leap years, I learned that I had been on the earth for 17,377 days. This revelation can be further broken down into 417,048 hours. (plus or minus; depending on the time of day when my first breath was taken)  The conclusion is ominous. The vast majority of this time has been wasted in one form or another. Selfish agenda, mindless amusement, suffocating drama, endless chatter, obsessing over material acquisition, seasons of lukewarmness, a lengthy season of rebellion; it is a thunderous listing of diversions which must be given account for. We know the scriptures well:

Malachi 3:18 “Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.”
 
Matthew 25:45-46 “Then he shall answer them, saying, verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into eternal life.
 
Mark 9:47-48 “And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”

‘The things I have done, the places I’ve been. The cost of my dreams, the weight of my sins.” Just a note. The words in green should be unnerving to one who in not born of the Spirit…..because the words in red are like a hammer.

Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”
 
Luke 12:19-21 “And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hst much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
 
Revelation 20:12 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”

 There is a relentless question that demands an answer of us all. Do we have even a clue as to the seriousness of this? Once we have exhaused our allotment of moments, we cannot retrieve a single second. There are priceless souls in our ambience who are dangling over hell by their silver cord while we sit in front of our televisions, and computers. Our lives are but a vapor; our moments fleeting and few. Yet we somehow allow ourselves to become consumed by the affairs and storylines of a reality that will soon become irrelevant. We try so hard to abide within the framework of what’s considered normal, that instead of being a city set upon a hill, we become just another featureless superstructure in an anonymous skyline. We allocate an unimaginable amount of resource toward maintaining and adding to our empire of atoms “while unconcerned upon the wall, the clock it ticks away the time.”

When our final word has been utered and we leave behind all that we have collected, there will be an embodiment of lamenting. We will regret every second that was spent on that which has no eternal significance. We will regret every idle word, every distraction that we allowed to have mastery over us, every compromise that we justified in order to keep from having to take an uncomfortable stand for truth, every dispaly of foolish jesting, (ouch) and every temporary priority that we allowed to supercede that which is eternal. “And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

You can live your life in a thousand ways,
but it all comes down to that single day.
When you realize what you regret,
what you can’t reclaim but you cant forget.
 
If I could just fall back into my life,
and find you there inside this night
and let eternity just drift away…..

We reflect on, and claim to identify with, the mindset of the apostle Paul, who observed “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” We should long for the moment when we shall put off this earthly tabernacle and enter the realm of immortality. If Jesus is truly our first love, we are walking close to him, and longing to be forever in his presence, the time bandits of this world begin to lose their influence over us.  All of us have squandered much. We must move forward; repenting over opportunities which were neglected beyond remedy and striving to redeem the diminishing opportunities that lie ahead. Whenever we are in the presence of one who knows not the Lord Jesus, we should be mindful that we have no guarentee of ever seeing them again. My nephew passed away suddenly in May of this year at the age of 42. I don’t remember exactly when I last saw him, however, I certainly didn’t expect that it would be the final encounter.

There is so much more to this topic than what has been mentioned here. I have so much growing to do because to be honest, my life doesn’t reflect the seriousness demanded of this issue. I mean one afternoon last week before going to work, I wasted 2 hours watching youtube presentations…..and they weren’t even profitable ones; they were just……funny………clean, but funny……..and a serious waste of time. Without a doubt, had that two hours been spent in the prayer closet interceding for the myriad of souls in my ambience who are lost, it would have not only been profitable, it would have been much more edifying. I would have driven to work with a song in my heart instead of that sickening feeling that always manifests after engaging in folly. Well I have to be going for now as this post is long and the hour is late. Blesings always in Jesus name.

 “And here in the night as I feel the inferno,
I stare in the dark thinking what is eternal.
The man or the moment, the act or the reason.
These thoughts fill my head as I contemplate treason.
 
Of dreams I have had and dreams I have pondered,
When late in the night, my mind it would wander.
To things I have done and then quickly regretted.
while denying vices my life had selected.
 
And I think what I’ve done or have yet to begin,
and the man I’ve become and the man that I’ve been.
Now caught in a waltz with the eternal dancer,
I’m courted by death but death isn’t the answer
I say…….”
 
Ecclesiastes 8:8 “There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.”
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3 comments

  1. I agree that a lot of time is wasted. But I also think that we need to take much needed breaks and laugh a bit. Even if it means watching youtube vids for two hours once a month. I think we get so caught up in doing “God’s work” and checking ourselves, then re-checking ourselves, and checking again to make sure we aren’t “going to hell” that we feel so guilty when we spend five minutes in a mindless activity. We need balance. Life is stressful, and most of us work full time and have families with real problems. Give yourself a break 🙂


  2. Hi Code. I’ll probably always have a playful side; despite the seriousness of the times. In fact, it’s one of the things that seems to baffle people the most. Those who know our situation will often ask “how do you deal with it? How can you be so casual when so much is on your plate?” In the streets an element of lightheartedness has defused many situations that could have taken an unhealthy turn.

    And yet, it’s important to not allow lightheartedness to morph into runaway foolishness. This has always been a real struggle for me which is probably why I think on this issue more than many.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and bringing some balance to this post. The words of likeminded saints are not only refreshing, they oftentimes bring additional insight and/or revelation. Blessings always in Jesus name.


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