Running To Stand Still

It’s not until you look back that you marvel at how quickly time has passed.

1 Kings 7:1-51

Reference: “It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace.” ‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭7:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: A colleague at work has just started showing interest in getting her license. She went for her Learners when she was 16, but never progressed to getting her probationary license.

We were joking with her one day, suggesting she ask her Daddy to give her a lesson. She laughed and said, “I haven’t had a driving lesson for… nearly 10 years!”

She couldn’t believe it had been that long, and yet, how quickly the time had passed.

Application: When you are young time seems to stand still. Everything takes forever and waiting is excruciating.
It’s not until you look back that you marvel at how quickly time has passed.

In 1 Kings it says it took Solomon 13 years to complete the temple of God. I wonder if he felt it took forever. Or did he look back and wonder how quickly the time had passed.

Either way, it shows us that building God’s temple was a mighty job and one that was worth pouring the time and effort into.

So often, when we are standing at the beginning of a season, it’s hard to imagine you can ever get to the end.

But whether something takes 5 minutes or 50 years may we all strive to put the importance and significance into every task, just as Solomon did when working on the temple.

Prayer: Lord, give me strength to take the first step on a journey worth engaging. Amen.

What event or situation can you now look back on to see how time has passed?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.