Swinging Pendulum

There is something beautiful about clocks, but they seem to move so fast.

It’s true time speeds up with age, or maybe, we just speed up busyness and slow down awareness.  I don’t know.

An early childhood memory is sitting still watching a wall clock and realizing that if you stare straight, stare straight and concentrate, you can see the minute hand move each second in the tiniest of tiny movements.

Not intentionally, I sit now staring at a clock deep in thought.  Slowly an awareness of time dawns.

The pendulum swings back and forth, back and forth.

Through glad and mad, happy, sad, good and bad, its cadence clicks each second away with no second chances or redos for that precise second.

What is, is. What isn’t, isn’t. What could’ve, would’ve or should’ve happened in that time is now past and inconsequential, gone forever.

Swinging Pendulum

I become totally absorbed in watching the pendulum swing back and forth.  Ever so quickly, ever so slowly, I feel my heartbeat align with its rhythm.

More awareness dawns.  I see time’s pendulum rhythmically swinging, like a guillotine, over the neck of life, with no parole, and no stay of execution.

The days are numbered.

Day by day, hour by hour, second by second, time subtracts itself away in a steady minus column ending on the day of one’s death.  RabBits 14

Hmmm.

Less busyness, more awareness.

This day, this hour, this minute, this swing of the pendulum, it shall not return.

Proceed wisely.

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

16 thoughts on “Swinging Pendulum”

  1. Jeff – excellent post. I practise Christian mindfulness. Some people scowl at that phrase, thinking it is ” New Age”, or something, but it is at the centre of authentic Christianity. God is the Great I Am (Exodus), and the Lord is always with us. Thus I stay focused on the Lord, and pay attention to each moment, for it is unique. There is a book I read years ago, called ” The Practise of the Presence of God”, which alerted me to being aware of God in the present moment. 🤗

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  2. I hear ya Jeff, I’m 74 so you can just imagine how fast time is whizzing by for me! Strange how when you are young you seldom value the time we are given but as you get older it becomes something we cherish. A sand hour glass is also fascinating to watch because the hour glass displays the total time you have and the time left seems to deplete more quickly when the bottom sand exceeds the volume of the top. Diminished time definitely facilitates more clarity and focus when you can easily envision the final class coming to an end. I can tell you that my prayers seem to be a lot more gut real that they were when I was younger. Excellent post, thank you! Grace and blessings to you and yours.

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    1. Yes, it does go faster as you get older, Bruce. Interesting about the hour glass seeming to have sand run faster the closer to the end it is. You’re spot on right, but I’ve never thought about it before like you said. May we see clearly through the hourglass, my friend.

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  3. Thank you, Jeff. I enjoyed reading your reflection on the passing of what we hardly ever give a moment’s thought. Like Bruce, the older, the more aware of what has passed. Even so, with each decade there is the awareness of how close we are to the Riverside. Instead of clocks, we watch the flow of the river. Blessings as we all become more aware. It is a gift that comes with time. 🙂

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  4. Thank you, Jeff. As always, you have a gift with words.

    What I was thinking about as I read your piece here is how time is actually going slowly for me now. For, we have been away from our kids and grandkids (not living near them) for three years now, though we have visited them often, and now the Lord is leading us to move back to where they are. I am really looking forward to being back where they are and to be able to see them more often, but there is a process that we have to go through first and that is called packing and making arrangements and then actually moving with a truck, etc. And, we have six weeks before we will be making that move, but I wish the time was sooner rather than later, and it doesn’t seem to be going fast enough. 🙂

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    1. Yay, for you, Sue! Being closer will be a great thing, and time will be filled with lots of activities, visits and wise counsel from mom and grand, depending on who you’re talking to. Moving is hard, but it too shall pass! 😁

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  5. I like how your thoughts become words, that have meaning as to a simple thing as the ticking of a clock. Sometimes I hear the ticking, sometimes I tune it out completely. When I am lost in thoughts, when I stretch out my hands to the Father, to take me out of the world around me. The most precious moment in time for me. Thank you Jeff.

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