We little regard what might be better for us based on God’s perfect timing. When God is ready, He will do it; not necessarily when we like it but when He does. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
Time. Most children have a very difficult time understanding the concept of “now” and “later”. Time is always now when we’re little. Children live in the now and have little understanding of the later and often find it difficult to work within the bounds that we adults set on it. “It’s time for bed!” We call out as the evening slips into night. But to a child it is only time to be doing what he or she is presently doing.
Here’s a story: Years ago when our daughter Rachie was very little, she was helping me transplant little trees to the front yard. I put her in charge of watering each tree since she was too little to help dig. Off we went into our woods to find just the right trees. Finally we found a small one, no bigger than four feet high. It was just about the size of Rachel and she became excited. “Should we dig this one Daddy?” As I began to dig, I could tell that she was getting antsy. It wasn’t long before she asked, “Can I water it now?” “No!” I said. “I have to dig it out first. Then you can water it.” After about ten minutes or so, the root ball extracted, I picked up the little tree and Rachel and I trudged off to replant it elsewhere. Spot selected, I started digging the new hole. I had laid the little tree down next to the spot and within a few minutes I heard sprinkles behind me. Rachel was watering the tree before I put it in the hole. “Not yet, honey. First let me get the tree in the hole.” Finally she helped me lift it into the hole. “Can I water it now?” she pleaded. “No, not yet. First let Daddy put some dirt back in. Then you can water it.” Finally, ground in place, Rachel watered her tree.
How like little Rachel you and I are sometimes, balancing our timing against God’s. His perspective of time is not often one we share. We ask for a blessing or a gift and don’t receive it in the “allotted” time and we’re disappointed, even mad at God. We look longingly to the skies in the shadow of our Heavenly Father’s grace and ask impatiently, “Is it time yet?” We ask because, like little Rachel, it is what we like and want. We little regard what might be better for us based on God’s perfect timing. When God is ready, He will do it; not necessarily when we like it but when He deems it is the right time. Taking matters into our own hands will only result in delays and wrong turns.
We pray. Heavenly Father, help us to better understand that you control time and not us. As one of the greatest gifts you have so blessed us with in this life, time is something that we greatly value but little understand. Father, you control it and you know when it is the right time for everything to be accomplished. May we alway be aware that your timing is perfect and ours is, at best, flawed. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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