I often find myself in the predicament of needing more time & less work. Deadlines, responsibilities, demands, schedules, timelines and the like seem to eat into the 24 hours in each day with nibbles, bites and giant chomps. I used to think that God messed up with the 24 hour thing until I read in Genesis 1:31 about how God said that everything He made (including time) was very good. So here are some helpful thoughts about time being very good:
time is our daily reminder that while we are limited & finite, God is not & God knows the beginning from the end
time helps us to get things done – sometimes pressure is good
there are many people in the Bible who only grew into their destiny because time was an essential ingredient: Joseph, Moses, David, Jacob, Hannah & lots more 🙂
time is an integral part of what God established with the whole Sabbath rest principle
Lately my kids & I have been trying some exercise at a climbing wall. We go & put on the harness, the elf-y looking shoes & I’ve even thought of trying some of the chalk stuff. We’ve learned how to strap into the safety rope & we’re enjoying trying to scale different walls. Frankly, I don’t think I’m any good at this sport – my upper body strength is super sad, among many other challenges. But its fun to laugh at myself & try to get better than the last time.
I recently had an interesting chat with the supervisor for the climbing wall. We were talking about listening to God & following His voice. The supervisor guy is really nice & has a great heart. I’m amazed listening to him and hearing how God is directing his steps. Here’s a few take aways from our conversation: following God requires faith, my friend sometimes has a hard time trusting that he’s hearing God. A second take away is that following God isn’t always about the long-term destination. It seems to me that following God is often more about the one step at a time rather than the 5-10 year strategic plan, complete with SWOT analysis [strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats]. Like learning about the climbing wall, I have to have confidence / faith in God and take one step / hold at a time 🙂