The Gift Of Time
March 24, 2020, 3:55 PM

The Gift of Time

In my last post, I mentioned that we have been given this amazing gift of time in this season of Lent. This time of self-reflection as we journey with Jesus to the cross.

I don’t mean to discount the seriousness of what is happening, nor the fact that there will be long term ripple effects of this unprecedented time. However, I do believe this time is a gift. We often talk about how we are so very busy and we just seem to run from activity to activity, and as a recent Bible Study some of our folks participated in stated…..”It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way.” God never intended our lives to be lived in such a rush.

Psalm 46:10 says, Be still and know that I am God……

And Psalm 62:5-6 says, For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

Be still……Why do we find that so hard?

Because the world tells us that our value comes from what we achieve.

We must achieve much so that we can have much. The world tells us there’s value in our busyness.

Yet time and time again, I hear people say that they are exhausted from all the running. Kids are in every activity imaginable, your jobs expect you to work more and more hours, and it’s a never-ending cycle.

But folks, God says be still……to wait for him.

The season of Lent is a time for self-reflection and spending intentional time with God. It is a time of repentance; I believe repentance for our busyness.

This is why I say that we have been given this gift of time. God says our value comes from Him, not busyness.

Romans 8:28 says, ….we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

God is using this time for the good of our soul, and the good of our families, and the good of our relationship with him. I implore you to use this gift of time. It’s a time to reconnect with your family, to eat dinner together, to play games together, to get to know one another again.
It’s a time to get outside and look at the beauty of God’s creation and it springs to new life.
It’s the perfect season to be reminded of the new life we have in Jesus. Spend time in family devotions or of reading the Bible yourself.
It’s a time for prayer and meditation.

 

When we were choosing what to give up for Lent, I bet none of us imagined that we would be giving up our busyness, whether we like it or not……but God knew, and God knows just what we need.

So I invite you to ponder on that. God knew we needed this time, so what will you do with this time? Will you grumble and complain about it, or will you use this gift you have been given, even if it has come in an unexpected way.

Phillipians 4:7 says, And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

God’s peace will go with us in this time of uncertainty as we enjoy the gift of time.

Blessings, Pastor Cindy



Comments

04-05-2020 at 10:04 PM
Sally
so true for me
03-28-2020 at 3:12 PM
Paige Shuff
Thank you for your insightful ponderings!!
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