Sunday, July 15, 2012

Tick-tock

Tick Tock, Tick Tock,
Glancing up at the clock,
The sound it makes resounds within,
So many mixed messages lie therein.

Tock Tick, Tock Tick,
Does time move on slow or quick?
Looking back, time is passing all too fast,
And yet it crawls by when we’d like it to pass.

Tick Tock, Tick Tock
That sound gives quite a shock,
When there are so many things we need to do,
Yet the day's gone by, it's almost through.

Tock Tick, Tock Tick,
To our choices, we must stick,
It’s frustrating to hear that ticking sound,
Cuz, what’s done is done, time can’t turn around.

Tick Tock, Tick Tock,
Time can seem like a rock,
Solid still, inert, nothing will penetrate,
When there's something special to anticipate.

Tock Tick, Tock Tick,
It can be akin to a candle wick,
On which the flame consumes the wax,
Ablaze, but, impossible to get it back.

Tick Tock, Tick Tock,
If only we could control the clock,
Special moments are worth repeating,
Yes, sometimes it seems oh so fleeting.

Tock Tick, Tock Tick,
Change is automatic,
It’s obvious that things don’t stay the same,
That begs the question, is the clock to blame?

Tick Tock, Tick Tock,
Does life revolve around the clock?
Or does the clock revolve around what we do?
You decide, because I’ve got work I must go to!*

This topic has been on my mind since mid last year - but I had shall I say a "writers' block." When I found this "Tick Tock" poem, I was simply delighted and also reminded of how God not only directs our steps - He even directs our internet searches - if and when we let Him. Just like David said:
"The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives."
(Psalm 37:23 - NLT)
Have you noticed that these days there are fewer "audible" clocks. I remember how while growing up we always heard the tick-tocking clock in my parents' home. Whether or not you wanted to hear and/or accept it, each tick or tock was a constant reminder that time was passing. The fact is that whether or not it is audible, time is passing; whether you're very busy or slightly idle, time is passing; whether you're planning what to do or doing what you have planned, time is passing...NOW is the only moment you have - make the most of it.

My prayer is the same as David's:
Teach us to use wisely all the time we have. (Psalm 90:12 - Contemporary English Version)
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P.S.
Today marks exactly 1 year since the last time I saw my dad who passed on 6 months later...
Both my parents are gone...and so is all the "now" they had while alive. Please don't take the people & time God has blessed you with for granted...love the people & use the time well.

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