Mandy Baker Johnson

Living without Shadows


Today the Five Minute Friday community is writing on TIME for five minutes.


What a start to 2016 – the sad news that David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and the man who played Grizzly Adams have all died.

Ten years ago, time for our tiny twins ran out so soon and God took them.

Time. We never have enough of it when we’re busy. Yet when we’re ill, in pain, going through difficulty, or lonely, time hangs heavily and a minute can seem like an hour.

We all have twenty four hours in a day. What do we do with it?

We’re known by what we do, generally speaking. Singer, actor, author, doctor, loafer….

I’ve been pondering recently: what do I want to be known for? Whose approval is most important to me? Whose praise is sweetest?

Centuries ago, there was a man called Enoch. He lived a long time – 365 years – and he was known for one thing – that he walked with God. In fact, his relationship with God was so close and so precious that the Bible reports that he never died. God simply took him and he was ‘no more’.

I’d always assumed that there could only be one Enoch in the history of the world, but what if I spent my time making God the highest priority? Could Mandy be another Enoch when my time comes?

With the time I have left, I want to set my heart on things above.



  1. Hi Mandy– it seems we are five minute friday neighbors this week– Thank you so for your reminder of where we are going and how quickly. I echo your words about what I want to be known for. Glad to “meet” you today.

  2. Love this. SO thankful our God walks with us during the times when “time” seems to stand still. Thanks for these encouraging words!
    Sarah (

  3. Dear Mandy,
    That’s a great post in 5 minutes! You said it superbly: will I be ready when my time comes? I hope I will be, but yes, all these greats passing on and those close to us (I’ve had some of that too) puts things in a new perspective. Thank you for your thoughtful treatment of Time. So grateful to read this today. -Christina (#70 at FMF)

  4. Great thoughts Mandy! It’s almost like Enoch lived outside of time, like in walking with God he exited our normal time parameters. How crazy is that?!

    • Mandy

      16/01/2016 at 8:06 pm

      Amazes me that his walk with God was so close – and He didn’t even have the Holy Spirit living in him like us New Testament believers. That is crazy! x

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