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Trying to Catch Time

Every once in a while a scene on television completely opens my eyes the way a line in a favorite book does. Catching up on episodes of the season’s must watch show, This Is Us, I found one such moment all about time. And it left me wondering.

Do you ever wonder where time goes? How somethings seem to hold the clock hands still while others leave us chasing behind, out of breath and out of options? How deeply we think we control those same clock hands some days only to realize they keep going with or without us?

I knew the date was coming, but it surprised me just the same. My five-pound-no-bigger-than-a-bag-of flour baby was turning twelve. I breathed deep, hungry for that once upon a time baby smell, only to realize how faint the memory was. Time was doing the very thing it always does, and I felt both robbed and blessed.

Maybe certain days leave us waxing poetic about time. Thinking how fast it goes or how long things take. Remembering a smell or a sound like yesterday just to discover it’s beneath a thick layer of dust. Longing to gather up the yesterdays with all the tomorrows and grip them tight in today so you don’t lose a single one. Time can leave us feeling out of control.

And maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe time is a reminder that we do not, in fact, run the world. That maybe we grip too hard, strangling the very life out of our days. That maybe we need to exhale and inhale and exhale again until we look through the moment to the miracles.

Listen to William, a dying man, tell Olivia about trying to catch time. The picture quality is not stellar, but really listen.

Catch the moments. Before you can’t. I, unlike William, believe that there will be something beautiful after we die. I do, however, agree that there are so many beautiful things God has given us here. Maybe the catching is not a race, but a stillness and gratitude that allows us to see what is all around us.

So, I will celebrate my twelve-year-old fully. I will embrace the moments of twelve before they turn into thirteen into twenty.

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How will you catch time today?

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

19 Replies

  1. Becky, I saw that episode when it aired. Those words hung in the room and in my mind for days. It truly is the moments which will comprise our lives. May we make every moment count for they are precious, they are fleeting, and they can make a difference for all eternity. Blessings!

    1. Becky Hastings

      So often we look for big moments, but when we’re waiting for the big ones, we miss the little ones. So glad I’m not the only one who feels it!

  2. I’ve never seen the show, but I’ve felt the feeling. With a highschool graduation and a wedding coming up in the spring, I’m fully invested in the notion that I need to look at these “baby boys” and be fully present, because time is going to change everything.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I can’t even imagine! It makes me excited while at the same time wanting to grip the clock hands and keep them firmly in place.

  3. I haven’t checked out that show yet but need to!
    Liked this post and could so relate. I wrote about time too this month at

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s a good show…poignant lines. Can’t wait to check out your post 🙂

  4. Oh yes, cradle your 12 year old, Becky.

    Because before you know it, you’ll have grandchildren that age. It happens that fast.

    It does …

    1. Becky Hastings

      I can’t even imagine! 🙂

  5. I need to catch time by slowing down….everything seems to move at such a fast pace, as in how did February get here?? I’m trying to savor the supper table conversations and the car rides and just sitting next to my children in church.

    And I think you’ve hit upon the key with gratitude! How much more we can enjoy the moments when we’re thankful and content, rather than looking ahead to the future or wanting more than what we’ve been given.

  6. Yes, yes. I get this and want to be right there with you, catching time but not holding on too tightly. Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks for the great link up Kristin!

  7. Yes, so true. Thank-you for the lovely reminder.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Brooke!

  8. Who of us hasn’t wished we could cuff the hands of the clock? God created time in our world maybe so we could trust Him more. Food for thought. Anyway, totally understood about our children growing up too fast. My oldest is 12. Happy birthday to your kiddo!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Oh, that idea of trust. So much of what I long for and still so challenging. Praying for more trust everyday!

  9. Becky – Happy Birthday to your son! and I know they feeling – my baby boy is 24 and my baby girl is almost 22 :0 where did the time go.. I haven’t ever seen the show, but I hear its good. I found you today at #DanceWithJesus

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks for stopping by today Debbie!

  10. I love catching time with my children. I’ve just returned from seeing my twin boys who are both at college in London. Just being with them, giving them a hug are beautiful moments.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I love when we can hold onto those beautiful moments!

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