If you read my last post, you know the last year has been a rough one. I am still trying to find my footing. I am not doing the writing I should. For Christmas, my wonderfully supportive daughter bought me book filled with topics to write about. I decided I would give it a try and just start with the first topic and write on it. So, here it goes. The topic is, “What can happen in a second?”
Life and death happen in a second. A child is conceived in a second and the cells multiply second by second. It technically takes nine months-or forever when you are at the final few weeks-but one second you are not a parent, and the clock ticks, another second passes and you are. On the flip side, one second someone you love is with you, and a second later they are gone. It happens in a whisper.
Storms move through and change lives in a second. A tornado can destroy a house in a second. A flash flood can rip through an area and destroy it. What a storm can do in a second can take years to repair.
The light of learning splashes across a child’s face in a second. One moment I can tell they are completely confused. In a flash, the light of excited understanding has splashed across their faces. That moment sends chills down my spine.
Psalm 30:5 tells us that “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” There was a time I thought I would never be truly happy again. I functioned in numbness for almost a year. Then one second I felt it- joy. It took me a few heart beats to fully realize what it was. My heart was full of joy.
Relief happens in a second. In my last post, I talked about how stressful the past year was for me. That last year was the culmination of 12 years of just getting by week by week and dreading school vacations and summer. Yes, I did just write that I truly dreaded summer. In one second, I learned that I had a new full-time job. That wave of relief flooded me in a second. I may still live paycheck to paycheck, but at least I always get a paycheck.
We fall asleep and wake up in a second. I like to fall asleep listening to the Bible. I let my mind focus on each verse as it is read. Next thing I know, my alarm is ringing and I am awake. If you have ever tried to calm a colicky baby, you know what it feels like the second the child falls asleep. It seems like everything in the world hangs in the balance and you hold your breath, praying that sleep has indeed come.
Of course, how we view a second depends on a number of factors. Albert Einstein said, “When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.” Still, a second is a second. It never changes. Our view of it may change, but a second itself never changes. We often wish time away. We all do it. I either want it to rush by or slow down. My best days at work are those in which I sit down and then look up and the day is over. However, our days here are finite. None of us know when the clock will tick our last second. In that frame of mine, I will end with a quote I love by Ariana Grande, “Don’t ever doubt yourselves or waste a second or your life. It is too short, and you’re too special.”