Thursday, April 15, 2010

Watch--The Time Has Come


"Watch," he said, "the time has come."
But what, then, did he mean?
The time has come for us to watch?
Or has the time come for the watch?

Look, now: The watch's time has come.
It's watched in cities and in towns,
At dawn and in the twilight
And in the deepest time of night.

Look again: Watch! The time has come!
It's time to turn your life around,
To turn and trust in Jesus Christ
Before He comes to judge your life!

"Watch," I say, "The time has come."

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
--Jesus, in Matthew 25:13


Photo credit: Magpie Tales.
Turning from self and sin ("repentance," in theology-speak) is both a duty and a gift. After you turn, you discover that the power wasn't your own.

21 comments:

SUN DANCE HILL said...

Intriguing and thought provoking - I like this poem. Nicely done with the photo prompt.

Lisa said...

Amazing how similar words have different meanings!

Jim Swindle said...

Thank you for the encouragement. Incidentally, although the poem's a bit playful, I'm flat-out serious that now is the time to trust the Lord.

Ji said...

simple and powerful!

Peg said...

Thanks for the reminder - liked your use of the prompt

spacedlaw said...

Interesting take on the prompt.

chiccoreal said...

The time has come near to draw nigh to the Lord as our time is at hand. Look at the volcanoes, earthquakes. Revelation is opening the seventh seal. Salvation Time. Make sure your name is found in the book of life; say the sinner's prayer. I want to live forever in Heaven with all my loved ones. Good work!

Jim Swindle said...

Thank you, each one, for stopping by this blog.

Chicorreal, we need to do much more (and less) than "say the sinner's prayer." We need to turn from our sin and trust in Jesus.

Vicki Lane said...

I liked the use and reuse of the word 'watch.' Nicely done.

Brian Miller said...

very nice...the time has come and to each there is a time when they must choose to cross that threshold, or not. nice magpie!

Lyn said...

Very thought provoking..watching as much as I can!! Agree with your spirituality...

Ji said...

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/it-is-time-to/

here is mine!
10Q for reading it.

willow said...

Interesting take on the theme, Jim. I like how you used another meaning for "watch". It ties in nicely with the scripture.

Oh, btw, was it you who mentioned it looked as if there was no crystal in the photo of the pocket watch? It easily pops open, and since it has yellowed with time, I opened it for the shot.

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

Very spiritual take on the theme.
love it.
mine is here
this is my first magpie tale.
have you a great week.
hugs
shakira

Aoife.Troxel said...

Nice rhyming...someone who didn't;t go for the more sinister aspect of time (sort of)

Pat transplanted to MN said...

I like the link to scripture and faith, watch and wait.... we never know and should be ready as we can be in our humanity.

C.M. Jackson said...

very well written --time comes for us all

joanny said...

a powerful reminder -- in a gentle way.... yes - only the presence moment is all we have so use it wisely,,, wonderful poem.

Joanny

Diana (Diane) Maria said...

This is a powerful piece. Thanks for the reminding me.

Helen said...

Positive and uplifting ... nice job!

DIANA MARIA said...

This is a powerful piece. Thanks for reminding me to watch.