The spring I graduated from high school the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd released their classic album Dark Side of the Moon. That was one of my favorites. Just last year I gave my “vinyl” to our son Jordan who enjoys listening to records on a turntable and appreciates classic rock. When he was in high school we drove from Cincinnati to Cleveland to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which has a large section devoted to Pink Floyd. We’ve had fun sharing that interest, or at least he has humored his old man!
The song “Time” on Dark Side of the Moon probes the passage of years and the existential urgency of living in the present, from the perspective of a 29-year-old. The author of the lyrics, Roger Waters, told an interviewer almost a decade later:
“I spent an awful lot of my life — until I was about twenty-eight — waiting for my life to start. I thought that at some point I would turn from a chrysalis into a butterfly, that my real life would begin.” [Rolling Stone, Sept. 16, 1982]
What an important and regrettable insight: “I spent an awful lot of my life … waiting for my life to start.” Here’s one of the ways he expressed that in the lyrics:
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.
I was marinating in such music and lyrics during my freshman year of college when Jesus fired the starting gun for my new life. I was nineteen, and I did not miss it. The Lord helped me understand I was already alive in him. He gave me focus and prompted me to move forward, so I wouldn’t “fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way” – another line from “Time.”
So, how does following Jesus impact our experience of time? That’s the underlying question for the message this Sunday, “Times and Time.” If you read ahead in Acts 3:17-21, you’ll see Peter tells the temple crowd that by turning to God they can expect “times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” And because of Jesus they can anticipate “the time of universal restoration.” In his own way, Peter is telling them “don’t miss the starting gun!” He wants them to experience all the moments and the eternity that God has prepared for them.
I hope we get to spend time together this Sunday at North Lake. And I look forward to sharing forever with you, refreshed and beloved in His presence.