From James Dodwell, Hammers for Hope
I remember just after our son was born I was sitting, holding him in the nursery rocker, I blinked my eyes and he was a toddler. Then I blinked again and he was a teenager, and then blinked once more and we were attending his college graduation. Blink, blink, blink, fiancé, marriage, and then a grandchild, all respectively, all in the blink of an eye or so it seems. I tried several methods to prevent the involuntary eye blink, toothpicks under the eyelids, super gluing my eyelids to my eyebrows, I even considered having them surgically altered but I feared it would make me look too weird and people would stare at my altered appearance and run away. So, instead, I just continue to blink the years away, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day…
The irony is when I was younger I couldn’t wait to be older so I could do what I wanted, make my own decisions, go where I wanted when I wanted, and then I blinked. With the blink, I am older and I think about being young again, possibly to re-live some of the life I missed in those milliseconds my eyes were closed. I ponder what it would be like to start again, in other words be gifted a do-over, of sorts, you know live my life again but with the experience and knowledge of life acquired over the many eye blinks. I have come to the realization, “it ain’t gonna hap’in” so it is my goal to take advantage of all I can while my eyes are open, learn all I can, read all I can, love more, be joyful, patient, transparent, increase and share my faith more, share my talents and abilities, enjoy time with family, friends and complete strangers, make sure my walk matches my talk, continue to stretch and grow in knowledge of the Word and reach my full potential in life.
In 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 it is written, “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” …And we shall be changed, in the blink of an eye, the same time lapse I have experienced in my life from the birth of our son till today. These life experiences stretch us and grow us and teach us that we are not meant to just exists but to exist with a positive attitude, spirit and a servant’s heart, proof that life is a wonderful experience of faith, hope, love and joy that should be lived, truly lived to its fullest minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, blink after blink.
I don’t dwell on it but on more than a few occasions I have looked back at my life and wished I could start again with the some of the opportunities I passed up just to see if it would have made a difference in my life. However, I really don’t think that would be a good idea because the opportunities I didn’t pass on turned out pretty well. It’s my opinion, when we begin thinking and worrying about what could have been, the worry creates stress in our life and begins to dull the shine of happiness can bring. When we work on the things we can control and stop worrying about the things we can’t control it allows us to be the very best we can be with no regrets at the end of each day.
So as I blink my eyes and watch the changes occur each day, I am happy to be able to take part in the events during the time between the closing and opening of my eyelids. Each time there are new things to see, new places to explore, new faces with new smiles to help brightening each day, things to accomplish, things to do for the first time, seeing your child born and their children born in the same lifetime, in between the blink of an eye. What a glorious life we get to have as we anticipate all the new, glorious adventures awaiting us.
I encourage each of us to anticipate life, never fear opening our eyes and hearts to new adventures, new opportunities, new changes because it is the journey that help us change, stretch and grow not the destination. It will make a difference and add value to our life and the lives of others. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
Have a wonderful day,