Sunday night. March thirteenth.
The Ides of March is the name of 15 March in the Roman calendar, probably referring to the day of the full moon. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other months. The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held.
This morning Jim and I woke up to a discussion of what time is it, really? The fact is that we didn’t realize that it was Daylight Savings Time time change day! (– that whole “Spring forward, Fall back” thing). His watch read 9:15, but my mobile phone revealed that it was really 10:15. So, we scurried around and actually made it to church. We heard a great sermon by Scott Black Johnston, challenging us to ponder the most important priorities while letting go of all the other fluff/stuff. Earlier this week, Scott called Rob to check on him, reminding him of his prayer support. It means more than words can express to know that Rob has been on the receiving end of so many powerful prayers!
After church we walked through Central Park, just soaking up the fresh air and pleasant weather. The day wasn’t exactly warm, but not too cold, either. Then we toured through the Frick Museum, enjoying the beautiful mansion and the various Rembrandts and other superstar artists’ works. Lee Anne was hanging out with Rob back at the apartment, so I suppose that Jim and I felt we could take our time returning home from church.
Here it is, the middle of March. How has the time gone by so quickly? Having been here in NY since November, it seems like the time has simultaneously flown by and stood still. I know that doesn’t make sense. I know. Rather like the hour we “lost” last night for Daylight Savings Time, it sometimes feels like when we went to bed last night, it was just past the Ides of October, and now here it is, almost time to say, “Beware the Ides of March!” But, God knew beforehand where we would be and where we would need to be, and so, as I trust in Him, I trust that we are there.
Psalm 31:14-15 But I trust in you, LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands….