“Not now,” his mother replies. “Later. It’s not time. Grandaddy is working!”
“Tractor,” he repeats, pointing urgently at the door. It never seems to be the “right time” for the little guy to get his ride in. He must wait until Grandaddy has the “time” when work is finished to be able to get the desired ride.
I get very tickled when my daughter tells my grandchildren it’s time to go home. One or more of them will ask, “It’s time already?!” Or when another grandchild runs in the other direction at the very thought of bath time, or worse, bed time! And, of course, every child would much rather have play time than school time!
Time seems to be an “unwelcome guest” in many areas of our lives. Sometimes 'time' is feared because we are certain we can never be ready for it. Over the years I have heard people say they are afraid to have children because it just doesn’t seem like the right time, and the response by a wise older person saying, “If you are going to wait for the ‘right’ time, you will never have any children!
And then there is the man wanting to propose to the love of his life who may wait for the “right time” to pop the question and struggle with finding it--- because he wants it "time" to be perfect! And I’m sure most of us have known people who put off making important decisions like buying a home, car or other large item, or even going to college, because it just didn’t seem like the right time.
There is one couple I know well, who have many times considered buying a home in another state, yet decide “it’s not the right time” and have remained in the same place for thirty years because the “right time” has never come! It seems there was always something to convince them the time wasn’t right. One year it was family, another year work interfered; then it was kids, bills to pay, and the list went on and on. Since they are retired, they wonder now if they are too old, and still not the right time!
I know I have more than once said I never have “enough time!” I suspect I am not the only mom who has said this! It seems by the end of the day, we’ve barely scratched the surface of all the domestic duties that “stole” the moments of our day, so we barely have time to even take the much desired hot, soaking bath! Other requirements of the day have superseded all those “luxuries” we would love to have for ourselves!
As we age, we wonder where “time” went. Even as older adults we never seem to have enough time to travel to all the places we’d like to visit, or have time to spend with extended family and grandchildren. We didn’t ‘have the time’ when we were younger because of obligations, and yet as we age we find we don’t ‘take the time’ to do what we’d really like to do. It happens for a variety of reasons, and sometimes we can’t even put our finger on the specific reason why! It just is!
So I challenge you to consider what you are waiting for. Has the “right time” never come? If you wait for it, do you really believe it will? Share your thoughts!