Life, Living And Time

Posted on Dec 01 , 2014 in Life Lessons

Life, Living And Time

© Brad L Hodges

2 Peter 3:8
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

There are those who go through an entire year, twelve calendar months, 365 days, without much happening or changing. I’ve been there, though not often.

Then there are those who can pass through that span of time and it leaves their head spinning and memory reeling because they can’t believe how much occurred in that relatively short period. I fall into this latter category more often.

Even with both scenarios in mind, I stand in awe that God is not bound by time at all. It is a non-existent concept and constraint to the creator of the Universe.

For humans there is often agony when time crawls. One day melds into another droning on in endless boredom, inaction and uneventful emptiness. It is akin to the saying about being as exciting as watching paint dry.

Then there are the challenges of life in which you wished you could get off the roller coaster and watch that paint dry for a while.

In November of 2013, one year ago as I write this, I was living with my seven month old kitten, Micah, in a less than winterized travel trailer in the near dead center of New Mexico, on 40 acres of property I own that is bordered by a 1.6 million acre National Forest. It is a twenty-mile round trip from the nearest small town with minimal facilities and one hundred and sixty-four miles round trip plus, from adequate food, propane and affordable fuel.

The temperatures hovered in single digits, it was snowing heavily and my lifeline depended on a tiny generator and monitoring propane tanks that held my fate as they fueled the heater in the trailer. There was no water line installed so I had to make the twenty-mile round trip to town to fill four 7 gallon water containers at my pastors house nearly every other week, then bring them back to manually fill my trailers 25 gallon water tank from, using a MacGyver (for those of you who recall the 1985-1992 TV series) like set-up to siphon them into it.

I had left California five months earlier taking over a month driving across the West flooding my days with the awesome beauty of God’s nature and visiting family along the way, to get to my property. Once there I had begun the process of getting a home built and over the next six months juggled lenders, contractors and builders while watching my bare property give birth to a modest new home which I moved into in January 2014.

My head is spinning again just trying to recall where this past twelve months has gone, as I sit in a condo graciously provided to me by an old friend, while I am back “home” to visit my family and friends who I had not seen in nearly a year and a half, missing almost all of the 2013 major holidays with them.

There are many of you reading this who may be able to relate fully to a year of activity and change that leaves you grasping and gasping for a sense of reality as relates to this phenomena we humans call time. There are also those reading this who may feel relegated to watching paint dry for the rest of their lives and equally be mystified by time and its content or lack thereof.

The great secret of time and how one manages it, exists in it and views it, is held in whom you let manage your time.

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. —Proverbs 16:9

God, who is not constrained by time and who sees the infinite beginning and infinite end of time, is the one in whom you should trust your time and let manage it.

If you are abiding in God time should have no relevance as relates to what happens in your life, be it little or be it a lot. First and most importantly, if you are a believer, you fully know that time here on earth is but a temporary restraint and that you have already been promised the non-existence of time when you pass from its earthly boundaries into eternity with God.

Next if you trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding of things (Proverbs 3:5), you are aware that God is constantly working in your life in the background of His timelessness which will ultimately lead you to where that is. So why worry or concern yourself with what is or is not happening at any given time in your life?

During the last twelve months when so much was happening in my life or even in those times when nothing seemed to be happening, neither of which I could anticipate, God’s Master Plan was in play. So in His timeless realm something was constantly occurring in my life for my good and His glory. I trusted in Him even though I was not fully aware of what that may be in either scenarios.

We need to ask God to help us learn to trust in His superior management skills of our time.

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. —Psalm 90:12

God has a plan for us and He tells us so;

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. —Jeremiah 29:11

Finally in order to help you understand and cope with the time factor in your life regardless of what is encompassed in it at any period, learn to commit all of your life, living and time to God. If you do this, God will reveal over that time, what He has for you in the custom Master Plan He has created for your life.

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. —Proverbs 16:3

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