On the old Pink Flloyd album, “Dark Side of the Moon”, there is a song called Time. Here is an excerpt of some of the lyrics:
“Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over
Thought I’d something more to say”
The line in bold has always struck me… “hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way”. I believe it’s the American way in many cases as well. Hanging on, coping and hoping, barely getting through, hoping “it will somehow just get better”.
I don’t believe at all, that God intends us to live that way!
He wants us to live lives that are abundant! Not with material things… they lose their sparkle and ability to satisfy quickly. No. It’s things like peace, joy, contentment, loving, giving, receiving, not complaining, not wanting, envying, always demanding our own way.
When we have internal peace with God, these things are possible.
If we find that we are “hanging on in quiet desperation”, in our life situations, it’s not i signal to go get a new car, new house, new spouse, it’s a signal that we need to look inside and deal with our brokenness. Nothing temporal will satisfy for long. You’ll always want more. We can be filled even to overflowing. That does not mean that we emotionally will always “feel ” great. It means that we can choose to always re-discover that resident place within us that remains unshaken when all around us is a mess, threatening, empty and unfulfilling. After all, life is life and we will suffer loses, pain, emptiness, disappointment. It’s not that we might, we will. It’s how we either embrace it, or fight against it.
Don’t just hang on, find life… and that more abundantly.
Proverbs 1:33 (TLB) But all who listen to me shall live in peace and safety, unafraid.”
Lyrics: “Time” Songwriters: David Jon Gilmour / Nicholas Berkeley Mason / George Roger Waters / Richard William Wright (Dark Side of the Moon)