Where Did the Time Go?
Last week I lost track of time. In my mind Thursday was Wednesday and Friday was Thursday and so on. I only discovered my mistake after a texting conversation with a friend. She kept referring to Friday when it was only Thursday, or so I thought. When the conversation ended I checked my phone and saw it really was Friday. How had that happened? How had I lost one day, much less two?
Have you ever lost track of time? Maybe you have. Maybe you haven’t. But I’m guessing I’m not alone.
It made me wonder how a girl who navigates her days with a calendar could be so confused about the days of the week. I’m not going to beat myself up over how it happened, instead I’m just going to chalk it up to the current situation we are in.
You see in the midst of my calm and collected self I veered off into another time and place. Time didn’t phase me–I just kept rolling on with a plan and a purpose. So what if my days were mixed up? So what if it wasn’t normal to forget what day it is? It’s okay. Because truth be told, there’s nothing normal about anything we’re experiencing right now.
Fortunately my issues with time are not the same as God’s timing. He doesn’t see time as you and I do. He doesn’t lose track of time. Fortunately we have His Word to help us understand that He is not limited by time because He is eternal.
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8 NIV
Every Good and Perfect Gift
Even though my timing was amiss, I had to admit I was a tad bit relieved that my mistake came without consequences. The turn of events has caused much anxiety and uncertainty for so many, including me. The mandatory shelter at home orders mean we don’t get to see extended family members, or our students or work colleagues, or enjoy the usual church activities. Yet in the midst of this season we must try to find the positive too. While our safety and well-being is our number one priority, we can also relish the time spent with our spouse and our kids. Use this time to reconnect with them, create new memories, and communicate in a more meaningful way. Whatever we’re doing, we must embrace and love our families as Christ loved us.
Yes, the pandemic we are facing is unprecedented and growing by the day. All sorts of emotions are rattling our cages and the updates change by the hour. But while we don’t have control over all that is going on around us, our God has control over all–especially timing. The way for us to navigate these feelings and changes is to lean on the One who never changes. God doesn’t shy away from the difficult or fade away when trouble looms. Instead, He is our Mighty Sword, our Defender, and the Everlasting God–ready for whatever comes our way.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 NIV
A Time for Everything
Bottomline, our comfort zones have been invaded, cities and communities are on lock down, schools and businesses are closed, and our names have been relegated to an ‘essential’ list that says we can continue to travel to and from work. Good thing we can rely on His Word to remind us that His timing in every situation is important and perfect.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
Believing that God is in control of these events helps us to be at peace. Solomon’s point, beginning in Ecclesiastes 3, is that God has a plan for all of His people. His perfect plan. As Christians we can rest in His perfect timing. The Bible tells us that He provides cycles of life that contain work for each of us to do. Some seasons come with struggles and strife, others come with joy and delight. Believing in Him through these experiences helps us to realize the everlasting promise of eternal life.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV
If you lose track of time don’t worry or get mired down in a guilt trip. Instead, turn your worries and care over to God. Pray morning, noon, and night. Read and meditate on the Scriptures. Enjoy your family and focus on what you can do as opposed to what you can’t do. Be an encourager to others. Reach out if you need a word of encouragement. Take one day at a time and thank God with an attitude of gratitude for the blessings He bestows on you. He is sufficient through it all.
Dear Lord, I come to you today asking for strength and courage. Continue to hold us in the palm of Your hands so we can feel your protection and presence. Help us to reject the fear that threatens to fill our hearts and instead help us to walk in calmness and truth. May we lean on Your promises and rest in Your perfect timing, even in the middle of the not-so-normal. Amen.
Praying blessings upon each of you and praying for safety and your well being.