As Time Permits
Last week I ‘brashly announced’ that I would be able to complete a Bible study along with the daily devotional. Just when I imagined that I could do both, BOOM, I have not been able to arrange and manage my time in a way that would open up enough room in my schedule for an additional daily posting. My head has been swimming with my inability to set aside the needed time when I read this little nugget.
Proverbs 27:1 MSG
“Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow; you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow.”
Just as this verse teaches us, we don’t understand what tomorrow might bring. Our calendars are full of plans. Our days are broken down into hours and minutes that we attempt to arrange into neat patterns of accomplishments. Sometimes those patterns work and sometimes they don’t work. Being on time means we plan a head. We utilize maps and travel time estimates to make it to our destination on time. We leave earlier than needed (just in case), when, unexpectedly, we hit a traffic jam, the traffic lights aren’t working. or some such situation and our entire plan is skewed in the wrong direction.
Time management can become a struggle from time to time. We manage well for a while and then suddenly we are unable to make our time work on our behalf. We have a plan and we anticipate success, and then we can’t make all the pieces fit into our awake hours. We might try to fulfill our obligations by staying awake when we should be sleeping, but we can only do that for short stretches or our time doesn’t work because we are unable to focus. Yes, we need sleep. Our brains do not work well without sleep. Sleep deprivation is a sure-fire plan intended perfectly for lack of time management.
Isaiah 57:15 MSG
“A Message from the high and towering God, who lives in Eternity, whose name is Holy: “I live in the high and holy places, but also with the low-spirited, the spirit-crushed, And what I do is put new spirit in them, get them up and on their feet again.”
God lives in Eternity. The Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, knows all about time. Time stretches from here to eternity and back to the beginning again, and that is where God lives. That is where God lives, and where He holds us in His Hands. Time might get away from us, but never from God. He doesn’t struggle with time management, calendars and such. What He does do, however, is put a new spirit inside of us, stands us back up, dusts us off and sets us on our feet again. He does all of that, so that we might go out and conquer our next tomorrow.
God is so good to remind us to never give up, but to keep on chasing our tomorrow. The Bible study page is up and running and I will be adding posts, as time permits. Here is a link to get you started on the journey through John.