A friend once offered a reasonable explanation of why time seems
to gain speed as we grow older. She said, "Think of it this way.
Life is like a pie. When we're five years old the whole pie can be
divided into five big pieces. As the years go by, we have to slice
our pie of life into smaller and smaller pieces. By the time we're
65, the same pie is being cut into 65 thin slices and those slices
keep getting smaller every year."
No wonder we find ourselves asking where January went. Here we
are standing in Lent, and the days are quickly slipping away. It's
a struggle to get everything done when life slips through our
fingers like sand.
A few weeks ago, we celebrated our twin granddaughters' 11th
birthday. When they were born 11 years ago, we could barely tell
them apart. As far as time went, their "pie" was still uncut. In
the space of these few years, they have developed very different
One loves gymnastics and turns cartwheels in our house. The
other likes gymnastics, but loves to create with paint and clay.
Both continue to be amazing and precious beyond words. While their
pie is cut in large slices, we keep trying to figure out ways to
stretch our thin slices so that we can spend more time in their
Perhaps none of us can appreciate the value of time until it
becomes scarce. At our age, even our "long-range" plans now look
ahead only five or 10 years instead of the 20 or 30 years we
counted forward in our youth.
Currently, we are trying to make the best use possible of this
little sliver of time called Lent. Gone are the Lenten seasons
where we vowed to spend a large number of hours each week in
spiritual disciplines or never to slide into unhealthy patterns
In fact, Lent now comes around so swiftly we usually just try to
remember our unfinished business from last year and pick up where
we left off. Basically, for us Lent has become less about frantic
doing and more about letting go. It's enough if we can hold on to
whatever gains we made last year and make a little progress.
Perhaps part of surrendering ourselves is about surrendering our
time, too. As we surrender our ever-decreasing bits of time to the
great scheme of God's plan, we become more connected within his
larger picture. No matter how thin our slices get, when we can keep
the perspective of being part of infinity, the size of our slice
How thin have the slices of your life become? Sometimes it seems
as though our slices are thin enough now that if we hold one up to
the light, we can see eternity on the other side.