In the Rearview Mirror

I blink! Another year passes. And another. In my seventh decade, time has shifted into warp speed. When I realized 2019 closed out a decade, I couldn’t help but reflect on the last ten years.

On January 1, 2010, I would not have known my parents would pass into eternity within the decade’s first three years. Neither would I’ve comprehended that our children would marry the loves of their lives and then grace Al and me with the most beautiful granddaughters in the universe. Too often I said they would never marry. “Al and I will never be grandparents!”

Thankfully I was wrong!

 I’m not going to make any New Year’s predictions for 2020 or for any decade to come. I truly don’t want to know the future this side of Heaven. If I’ve learned one thing in 65 years, it’s this: I don’t know what tomorrow brings so I will live in real time, praising a real Savior.

Jesus cradles my time and circumstances in his hands. How do I know that? From the past. He’s been faithful and I know He cares for me now and forever.

If you don’t have Jesus in your life, consider the fact that He died to give you eternal life. While time in this finite world matters, it’s not the end of your story. Nor is it the end of mine.

Look back but also look ahead. Your final destination is at stake.


  1. Paula Mills

    Love this, 10 years ago my youngest were graduating high school, I was running In His Name, my folks were both still this side of heaven, Hannah had met her future husband but we didn’t realize it yet and Zac was still wanting to be a rock star. So, so much has changed and I could not foresee most of it. The Lord has numbered our days and prepared our work well in advance and you’re right, through it ALL He is faithful.

    • joycelong

      Paula, I knew you then and when. The decades go quickly, but because God holds our time close to His heart, they are precious.

  2. Debbie Scales

    Joyce, good counsel. Keep posting!

    • joycelong

      Hi Debbie,

      I just now found your comment. Maybe I need to look at the “innards” of my blog more often. Thank you!

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