Waiting until the river of your life takes you to where you will start all things and finish all things is futile, especially when it comes to spiritual things. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
“Everything comes to him who waits?” Remember that old saying? Doesn’t that mean that the longer I wait to plan something, start something or complete something, the better the odds that waiting will result in a better product, a higher achievement and a more rewarding outcome? It would, of course, be great if this were the way all things were accomplished in this life. In a way it would be like just sitting back and letting things sort themselves out and THEN getting down to business. In a perfect world things would probably work that way. Things would just happen when they were supposed to happen. But, time doesn’t flow that way.
Here’s a story from Clarence Macartney: “At the beginning of a new year, you and I stand at one of those divisions of time that we’ve established for our own convenience. These days are no more the beginning of a new year than yesterday or, for that matter, the week before. Yet even this imaginary dividing line between December and January gives pause for thought; like a man staring at water flowing under a bridge. He pauses to think about where the river is going, but the river never stops for a moment as it eagerly races toward the ocean. So too, the river of time flows on, ever seeking the sea; and even while we pause on a morning in this new year to contemplate life’s stream, its speed, its slowness, its destination, or its source, the river of our life flows ever onward. Days of pain and sorrow will make the stream seem to flow very slowly; days of happiness and joy will make it rapid; but always its flow continues, and never for a single moment does it stop.” (adapted--Clarence Edward Macartney, Macartney’s Illustrations, pg. 392)
Waiting until the river of your life takes you to where you will start all things and finish all things is futile, especially when it comes to spiritual things. There really is no time like the present if you wish to get started reading your Bible, doing those daily devotions, or starting a regular prayer and worship life. The river of time is passing and it won’t stop today to give you a better time or opportunity to do these things. Time respects no man. Waiting for it to do so isn’t an option. Use your time of grace today and stick a toe in the water. There really is no time like the present.
We pray. Heavenly Father, we are not good at waiting because it isn’t as comfortable as not waiting. Impatience is so bad in many ways, especially because it causes us to overlook the importance of understanding and enjoying the opportunity to contemplate the blessing. Father, forgive us when we become impatient, agitated because things just aren’t getting where we want them to go right away. Show us Dear Lord how enjoying the moment is so much better than antincipating the future. 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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