Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Too Late~

Too + late

I think these two words, when joined together, create one of the saddest sentences in the English language.

Some of the "too late" moments of our life are minor:

Ever turn in a homework assignment only to have "too late" written in bold, bright red letters right underneath your name, along with a big fat zero?

Ever have an overdue library book that cost you a few nickels, dimes, or quarters in fine money?

Ever arrive at the bus stop just in time to see the tail lights of the bus in the distance?

Ever become so involved in what you are doing you forget to keep an eye on the time and end up fashionably late for a dinner date with a friend?

A zero.  A small fine. A long walk home.  An embarrassed blush as you greet your friend.  
Not good, but not devastating.

Some of the "too late" moments of our life, however, are monumental:

#52 Too late
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Ever spoke words in anger and before you could make amends, the person disappeared from your life without a forwarding address?


Ever put off going to the doctor until the damage was long since done and the diagnosis grim?



Ever planned to visit an aging parent only to get the phone call we all dread the most?

Too late.

Sadly, some of our "too late" moments are irreversible,
                   leaving us overwhelmed with
                                               unrelenting guilt and
                                                                 heartbreaking regret. 

We long to go back,

to say "I'm sorry",

to make an appointment for a check-up,

to hop the first plane home,

but we can't.

It's too late.




The Bible is full of "too late" moments.

The moment raindrops started falling and the doors of the ark were closed.

The moment Lots wife looked back only to turn into a pillar of salt.

The moment Esau realized he had been tricked and his blessing had been proclaimed over his brother Jacob.



Choices made, fates determined.  Irreversible.  Done, not to be undone.
Fortunately, for you and I, there is still time to make the right choice.


God is still calling us into the ark of His salvation.

God is still beckoning us to leave the riches of this world behind, without one thought of looking back, and follow Him.

God is still longing to proclaim His blessing over us.



It's not too late.

 Not yet.

But, one day, (possibly as soon as a moment from now), it will be.


Turn to the Lord before it's too late. Call out to him while he's still ready to help you.
~ Isaiah 55:6


If you have not yet surrendered your life to Christ, the time to do it is now.

For God says,
“At just the right time, I heard you.
On the day of salvation, I helped you.”
Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.
~ 2 Corinthians 6:2, NLT

 Right now.

Today.

Before, it's too late.~

2 comments:

  1. Hi Stacy - great post. I have had quite a few too late moments, even this year with my dad passing away. But God is gracious with us and I hope your post reaches someone who needs to reach out to Him now, before its too late. God bless
    Tracy

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  2. Hi, Stacy. I lost a stepson(my husband's biological son) over 12 years ago in a car accident. Our relationship with him was wavering at the time. You would think that would wake most people up to not wait to have a good relationship with family till all are older, but my stepdaughter still avoids us and chooses to not have a relationship with her dad and I. We've tried many, many times to spend time with her,but she always has an excuse to not get together. She once confided to my husband that she never got over her parent's divorce, over 30 years ago. Talk about stubborn!! It's so sad. I know there are still many issues she refuses to address in her life. All we can do is pray. I always tell others, if you can make things right with those close to you, do it, before it's too late!

    In His Lo♥e, Ann

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Thank you for leaving a "heartprint" of your own.