It’s About Time…

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As I pause and savor the moments of today I’m reminded of A.W. Tozer’s wisdom, “How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none.  Eternal years lie in His heart.  For Him time does not pass, it remains; and those who are in Christ share with Him all the riches of limitless time and endless years.  God never hurries.  There are no deadlines against which He must work.  Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.  For those out of Christ, time is a devouring beast.”  Every year, every month, every day, every hour, every moment is given to us as a precious gift within the bounds of His eternal perspective.  To us is given the privilege to be stewards of this most precious gift – TIME. We can invest time, enjoy time and savor time as we journey through the moments of eternity.  Yet many just spend time, waste time, squander time or just try to get through each day’s burden, missing the gift of the moment. I have always had the burden that people would “get it.” “Get what?” you may ask.  “GET LIFE.”

It would appear that much of what I deal with in my life and ministry are serving a multitude of people who are missing the point of it all.  People rush through life, and like Peter in the Bible, they “follow Him at a distance.” (Matthew 26:58).  It truly breaks my heart which is only a hint of what God experiences within His eternal perspective. And then finally life slaps people on the side of the head and there’s an awakening to regrets, having missed the extravagance of God’s timeless moments. Yes, it’s a paradox but it is all so very real and all so very beautiful.  The life of God in our very souls is to be savored each tick of the day.  He bids us to drink of this life throughout every waking moment.  This was perhaps most striking to me of late as I have prayed with so many brokenhearted people who were depressed, suicidal, wounded, scarred and regretFULL – and rarely do I counsel with those who have a daily diet within the things of God.  When one is Christ-centered, he or she will be Spirit-filled bearing the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering…).   God promises this abundant life to all of His followers.  Get God, get life and then the moments are filled with His presence.  This doesn’t mean that trials won’t come our way, but within those painful times, God is with us, walking in the midst of the fire (literally – Daniel 3:25).

Paul wrote in 2. Timothy 1:8-9, “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel…”  Think of this, before time began, before there were any successive moments, God had YOU on His mind within His design to display His divine purposes for an eternal relationship with Him through His Son.  Thus before time, God created the gift of time, so that we can experience His love through the filling of His Spirit within time.  So my encouragement is to drink in His gifts of grace every year, month, day and moment. Don’t squander the moments and live every day mindful that you can chose to obey God’s plans and purpose in which you will never have regrets.  Once again my life verse blossoms with the fragrance of this virtue of His grace, “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)  Glorify God and enjoy Him FOREVER and ever and ever and ever and ever.  And this promise is not only for the future, but it is to be enjoyed every moment of every day in the life that NOW is (1. Timothy 4:8b).  God has created you for His purposes.  Perhaps it’s TIME for you to get on board with that purpose, before time runs out.

 

 

One Response to “It’s About Time…”

  1. Tess Yeager says:

    I came across your blog article while searching Jer 45:5 google images. I needed to find a picture for the God Link post of My Utmost For His Highest–Oswald Chambers 4/28 devo.

    What a wonderful article! Thank you. It spoke to my heart in such a comforting way. I will be honest though. I haven’t quite “gotten it” yet. I spend so much more time in His Word these days. Catching up on the wonderful relationship He extends to all of us. But the “life is a prize” thing still kind of alludes me. I think about how Paul could have counted it all joy. I’m much closer now to that feeling but I’m honest enough to admit it’s a knowledgeable remez I haven’t quite grasped fully. The best I’m able to come to is the absolute truth that regardless of how hard and hurtful this prize of life is the REAL joy is in the absolute truth that the best is yet to come. Hold on. Keep singing, searching and digging for Godly gold. It’s there and if you can’t find it today you can rest in the truth that there’s an eternity after this life that WILL be ours. I don’t think earthly joy is God’s ultimate goal for his children but I do think it’s there in every second of every day if we’re watching closely enough for it. For instance, recently while my brother-in-law was in the hospital after a brain aneurysm there would seem no joy to be found but my sister and I found it everywhere. We’d get lost in the hospital and make jokes about dropping bread crumbs or bring weird post it notes to blaze trails with. We’d invent games in the Neuro ICU waiting room. Which one of these many people is the hidden angel type stuff. Anything comical, precious, profound etc type stuff. Even though what we were all experiencing was frightful and painful there was a peace in knowing no matter the outcome God had the best outcome secure. We piled up the miracles and counted them one by one. Fever, pray, fever gone. Now seizures, pray, seizures gone. It got to the point where we couldn’t keep count. Honestly it was amazing. Twice we mentioned our need for yet another expensive hospital cafe meal and before we could get the words out the preacher called saying I’m bringing food what do you want. God in so many ways showed up and showed off faster than we could count. EVERYTHING with my brother-in-law was a miracle unfolding. He’s home now and God’s still showing off. But there were many outcomes we watched unfold that were so tragic. When God shows you His glory He doesn’t just show you the good stuff. You get front row access to tragedy as well. Either your own or someone else’s. So even though my heart and my head know the “life is a prize” truth it’s a struggle to keep hold of here on earth and I have to admit I don’t like it much down here! :) I pray hardest that the eternal party begins soon! Then I ask forgiveness because I’m conflicted about wanting the boat to wait for everyone to get on board. I wish they’d just get here already!

    Thanks again for the article. I loved it! I’ll try always to run to His right hand when I’m found over on His left and pray that I’m not too far behind if He’s way out in front.

    Your Sis-In-Christ
    Tess

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