“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 high- er 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. Dear Lord, Give me I pray your strength to face today’s hard and troubled times with the confidence of knowing that your strength is made perfect in my weakness. Thank you that my strength comes from you and that your grace is sufficient for all the tasks and duties that will cross my daily path, and my stream of life – not only for today but for the rest of my journey through life. Thank you Father that your grace is sufficient – help me to meditate on this truth every day, In Jesus name. Amen.
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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