“Where Did The Years Go?” (Genesis 29:20)

“Here, take a look! My daughter will be 21 years old this month and my son turned 18 this past year!”


“Oh my goodness! Where did the years go? I remember when they were babies!”

I was sharing photographs of my children with a former colleague whom I had not seen in several years. Where did the years go? It is a common observation but I have noticed that most of the time, it is stated with a hint of regret. As I gazed at the photos of my children, that same thought crept through my mind. It seemed like it was only yesterday that I was changing their diapers. Now, they are both adults. Many friends and family members always reminded me to cherish the years when my children were growing up because time quickly passes. How did this happen? Did I waste those years? God gives us some insight with the love story between Jacob and Rachel. 

So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel, and they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. 

Genesis 29:20 (CSB)

Jacob was in love with Rachel but he was tricked by her father to marry her older sister, Leah. Unfazed, Jacob worked another seven years for Rachel’s hand. Seven years, but it seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. 

Where did the years go? Time quickly passed for me because the years were blissful, filled with love for my children and family. If there was no love, the passage of time would not have seemed so brief. Someday, I will be in Heaven and time will have no meaning since I will be spending eternity with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Years, centuries, and eons will pass but it will seem like a brief moment. Why? Jesus Christ loves me with His perfect love and in His glorious presence, time will stand still!

Praise God!

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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