In The Blink of An Eye
"In the blink of an eye." Have you ever stopped to think of the magnitude in that statement? It is often used when describing change, and rightfully so. Go ahead, stop what you are doing and intentionally blink your eyes. Be very careful and be sure to open them - this isn’t an excuse to take a little nap, but go ahead and blink. It happens so quickly that throughout the day you don’t even notice that it is happening! I think that is why this phrase is used in life the way it is. Life happens and it changes so quickly that you don’t even notice it is happening until it is over. We don’t sit and think about how many times we blink throughout the day, it just happens involuntarily, and whether you are ready for it or not, another blink happens. In fact if you try to stop yourself from blinking it is seemingly impossible! The more you try to stop it from happening, the greater the urge.
There are so many things that happen in life in the blink of an eye. The funny thing is sometimes these events seem to take forever, like expecting your first child. You thought you would explode if you had to go one more day and you were certain that you had been pregnant for 10 years by now. Yet, when that little one is placed in your arms all those months (and swelling) seemed to go by in “the blink of an eye.”
Maybe it is a child graduating. The years of teaching them to talk and walk. They joy of them volunteering their hand to you while walking. Then the years of eye rolling and door slamming. You wondered if you would ever get through this in one piece. Yet here you are on graduation day thinking it all happened in “the blink of an eye.”
Even death is not exempt from this phrase. A parent, a loved one, a friend. In "the blink of an eye” life itself can be over.
I think this phrase when used in life is intentional. If we were cautious about our physical blinking we may not do it the way we were created to and that would cause an issue for us. The same is true for life situations. When we “blink” things change. We may not always like change or embrace it, but change is an opportunity for growth.
Next time you hear someone utter those words, stop and think how, really, everything that happens goes by “in the blink of an eye."