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Tuesday Thoughts 5-2-17

This thing called time is surely a strange beast.  How can I call it strange when it’s “normal”? Because time plays tricks on us!  An hour is not always an hour.  One hour waiting to be taken back for your doctor appointment (which they insist you come 15 minutes early for) seems at least ninety minutes long.  But an hour carved out of a busy schedule just so you can sit in front of the campfire and relax seems to be over in over in only fifteen minutes!  Or how about this…Your two children are crying, the phone is ringing, and you arms are full of grocery bags…how much time will it takes for those kids to get old enough to entertain themselves so you can get something done, then you are sitting in a seat watching your child cross a platform dressed in a cap and gown—how could this have happened so fast?!?  Time is playing tricks.  Here’s another trick of time.  It screams at you that you have to get this thing done NOW, that you need to take actions and make this happen before it’s too late!  Time tells a lie that I am responsible for all the events in my life to work out at just the right time, so I can  find myself twisted up in anxiety, wringing my hands and wondering how I all will make all this happen.  If you are a regular reader, you know that time is an issue I have to commit to God over and over again.  And He is faithful!  The last two weeks are a testimony to the truth that He answers prayer!  And the capstone to this season of faith building happened yesterday morning while reading in the New Testament book of John.  Here in the first chapter of this eye-witness account of Jesus and his ministry years, the Holy Spirit buffed to a shine an old nugget I needed to see in a fresh way!  John the Baptist (a different John than the guy who wrote this book), whose calling it was to prepare the people for Jesus and His teaching/lordship, spoke what seems like a riddle about the Savior: John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ” (John 1:15 NIV). Wait…what?  It can sound a little confusing but I really like the way this version puts it (that’s just me).  Here’s a different rendering: John pointed him out to the people. He shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before I did.’ (New Living Translation).  That’s better isn’t it?  Among all the lessons that can be drawn from this one verse is the lesson I need (and maybe you too) about time.  Jesus, the one in whom our faith is placed for today and the future, existed before time.  As a matter of fact, the third verse of this same chapter tells us that EVERYTHING that exists (not the corruption), was made by this same Jesus…even time!  In the very first book of the Bible it was God Almighty (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) who made the light and the dark and called it a day—the first measure of time.  The very last book of the Bible says that the accounting of time will end—no more day and night, no more passage of time.  All things between those two bookends are already accounted for by the Creator.  All things. All.  He has planned, He knows, He is faithful to reveal and lead me on a path I cannot see.  How then should I live my life when time tells its lies, pleads its urgencies, calls out its burdens of accomplishment?  I should Worship Jesus, not time.  I should rest in the assurance that time is a servant of Christ.  I should work earnestly, with energy and perseverance but with a flowing ease knowing that each mark, every task, all the to-do’s, are in His hands!  The result?  Peace!  Are you living a life filled with that peace or is time leaving you frazzled?  You’re just a prayer away from peace…surrender time to Him!

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