I thought of this on my drive home Friday. Those of you who ever tried to find a new place while driving, without the aid of GPS, or even in the BC years (before cellphones), can relate to this. Actually, maybe it holds true even with GPS, or anytime you’re passing through an intersection with multiple turn lanes, or other tricky situations.
When you’re nearing a destination, you slow down, right? At least most of us do.
You may also turn the radio down. I remember a comedy routine about that, as though the sound affects your vision. It may have been George Carlin. I’m not sure.
The point is, when we’re not sure where we are or where we’re going, we tend to slow down and try to focus more. It just makes sense.
Now, let’s look at humanity as a whole. Everyone says that it seems like time flies by faster and faster. The pace of everyday life has picked up considerably. Like Brooks in the movie Shawshank Redemption observed, “.. I can’t believe how fast things move on the outside….. The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.” Having been in prison most of his life, he didn’t get acclimated gradually like everyone else.
Yet, no one is putting the world’s brake on, even though we have no idea where we’re going or what’s going to happen tomorrow, let alone 50 or 500 years from now.
I know my Christian friends’ immediate thought: God is in control. Yes, he is. I firmly believe that.
The follow-up thought to that is that the second coming of Christ will bring a new beginning, a new Heaven and Earth. One thing about that is that we don’t know when that will be. A day is but a thousand years to God.
I’m going to go way out on a limb here with my next thought. What if the second coming is an individual, spiritual event when we die? “Every eye shall see…” Jesus’ return. Well, we all die. I’m no theologian or Biblical scholar. I have read the Bible in its entirety, but that was years ago, so maybe I’m forgetting something that would blow my theory. In any case, we don’t know how long we must maintain God’s creation to sustain us.
I guess as we collectively face long term challenges, we can only individually act to contribute what we have the ability to do. And we can pray, meditate, study, and reflect. We can invent, adapt and expand.
Finally, we need a safety line for this bumpy, chaotic, joyful ride through the torrent of time and space. I hope you have found yours. Could be religion, a relationship, a strategy or belief system.
In the meantime, turn off the technology every so often and see where the spirit takes you. It’s okay. Take your time.