Once I was waiting in a railway station, I saw a gentleman get irritated so much because of the undue delay of the train that he punched his fist against the wall. He started bleeding. He realized then that it was useless punching. The train did not arrive in another 20 minutes. We are all time conscious when it is an urgent thing we have to do. When we are not in a hurry we do waste a lot of time. On another occasion I found two people loitering restlessly at a bus-stand, nervous, irritated, and impatient. What are these people up to, I wondered. Would they get the bus on time by getting so nervous and irritated? No matter how nervous and irritated you are, the bus will come when it has to come. Maybe with a fantastic delay of three hours.
Do you find this topic strange for your meditation during this month? Well, we all need to know the importance of time and timetables. God created this world of time even though God himself is beyond time. Often we never think of the importance of time. Time is sacred. Do you know that today is the first day of the rest of your life? And that the time you have so far lost is lost forever? The clock will never stop ticking and the lost time will never come back. If we have to live we will live within the time span that God has planned for us. Therefore it is of utmost importance to all of us to become conscious of the immense value of time. Time is precious, and perhaps more precious than the material things we possess. Goethe said, “The things that matter most must never be at the mercy of the things that matter least.” Very true. You can earn money and you can spend money. But you can spend time but you can never earn time.