My friend, may I ask you a question? How does God use time? Is time relevant to him? Does God measure time? Do we apply the same rules to God that we apply to ourselves? Ultimately, does God care when things get done or just how they get done?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
One of the more difficult things to learn in life is the relevance of time. If you’re like me, time is always of the essence. Time wasted can never be recovered; it’s gone forever. So, I always keep an eye on my watch, gauging how long things take to get done and when the “next thing” is waiting to be done. Whether it’s getting to the office at the appointed time, gauging how long my chores will take on a Saturday afternoon, or simply finishing a meal with time left on the clock to do something else, time to me is universally relevant. I watch it and respond to its passing no matter how important or trivial a task might seem.
How does God use time? Is time relevant to him? Does God measure time? Do we apply the same rules to God that we apply to ourselves?
Here’s a story from Mike Johnson: “I was sitting at the drive-thru window at McDonald’s recently. After waiting a few minutes the clerk opened the window and asked could I pull to the side because my order wasn’t ready. I got a little upset and was thinking how come other folks ordered and drove straight through and I have to wait? I waited for about another two or three minutes and the clerk ran out, tapped on my window and gave me my order. I asked, ‘Hey what took so long?’ She replied, ‘You wanted the special sauce and it doesn’t usually come with like that.’ It’s kind of like that when the Lord makes us wait. ‘Lord, I asked for a mate ten days ago and I don’t see her anywhere. Lord, I been asking for a new job for two years, others have passed me by. Where are you?’ And just when you think he is giving you the answer, he pulls back the purple curtain of eternity, and says, ‘Can you pull over to the side and wait some more?’ This used to frustrate me, until the clerk brought out my sandwich and the revelation was clear.” (Mike Johnson)
We make our requests to the Lord. Our menu is his word and he has listed his promises there. We select what we feel we need and pay for it with fervent prayer, sometimes with prolonged suffering, sometimes with obedience, and sometimes not at all. Then we wait for our order and often get upset if God doesn’t answer within a few minutes; the time we would allow for such matters to be divinely undertaken and rectified. “What’s taking him so long? Doesn’t he know how important time is?” Yet, often God’s response to our impatient pleas is a request for us to “pull over” and wait. God doesn’t wear a watch, we do. While we mark the time, he’s managing it. How long it takes isn’t relevant to God when his concern is how best it will be done.
We pray. Heavenly Father, we ask that you would relieve our burdens. If relief is not in sight, show us in your time your graces that we might endure in these troubled times. Help us to keep our eyes on the prize: heaven, where “God will wipe way every tear…and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore” (Rev 21:4). In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://theprayingwoman.com/6-prayers-to-pray-when-you-desperately-need-gods-help–adapted)
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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