There are many legends about King Solomon’s bracelet. But the most important part of it was not its mystical power. It was the inscription.
When times were good, he looked at the inscription. When times got tough, he looked at it. When he celebrated, he looked at it. When he mourned, he looked at it.
Somehow, the words on King Solomon’s bracelet always had the right message at the right time.
What were those words? They were not a prayer. They were not a biblical quotation. They were a simple phrase he heard from wise man.
King Solomon’s bracelet read “This, too, shall pass.”
Why did these words bring so much comfort? Because they capture life’s fundamental truth. Our greatest gift is time, but time passes.
In times of joy, we may think they will last forever. They won’t.
But the opposite is also true. When we are going through a struggle, we think it will never end. It will. But it, too, shall pass.
You may be familiar with the proverb that you cannot step in the same river twice. Well, the truth is that you cannot step in the same river once. Once you step into it, you have changed it.
All we have the present moment, and once we recognize it, that moment has passed.
So what do we have? Our only permanence comes through the God who created us, sustains us, and shines through us.