Hey friends, how are you today? Phew! Can you remember the past three months? Researchers have said, most of us remember the very highs and the extremely lows of our lives. But what if there aren’t any very highs and lows? Does that mean we haven’t lived life, if we can’t remember what we did? I love this verse, Psalms 90:12 So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom. May we choose to value the time, we’ve been granted.
TIME; there are many phrases that include that word,’time’. A few of my favorites are ‘time flies’, ‘in the nick of time’, ‘time will tell’, ‘only a matter of time’. Time has even been given an identity; ‘father time’.
This year is seemingly moving at the speed of light. Why does time seem to move so quickly? We are already in the month of April. I am not ready for the year to come to an end. But ready or not, time will march on; if the Lord tarries. I am a ‘task oriented’ person. I make my list; I checked it twice and heaven help anyone that gets in my way. I am the ‘Martha’ in Luke 10:38-42 (go ahead; read it; I’ll wait). I feel very accomplished when I have completed my list of tasks, that very rarely have anything to do with people (believe it or not, I know you are with me). Most of us women are task oriented, until we’re shown the ‘Light’.
Lately, I have been very much a ‘Martha’. I have had so much to do, that I resorted to keeping a documented list of my tasks. Unfortunately, throughout the last three months, I’ve also resigned my time with the Lord to that list of tasks. Jesus tells Martha, Mary choose the ‘good part’, that which will never be taken away from her. Mary chose well, she chose to value her time with the Lord, she chose to not be distracted by the thousands of tasks that are all vying for her attention. She chose the part that was eternal, the part she would still have with her, even beyond the grave. Mary chose well.
She sat at the feet of Jesus, she listened to His teachings and more than likely, because she was not distracted, she was capable of intentional obedience. The Lord was able to mold and shape and change her character. She began to look more like the Lord, she loved and served. Mary chose the ‘good part’.
Martha on the other hand was ‘worried and troubled about many things’; sounds familiar? It most certainly did to me. Lately, I’ve been consumed with ensuring that I have the time for all my tasks, including enjoying this time of the year; my spring time. Except in my haste and in my desire to be on top of everything, I seem to have regulated the ‘good part’ to a task. But it can’t be a task, can it? Spending time with my Lord is too valuable to be assigned a task position. It is at the feet of Jesus I find my directives for the day. It is in His Presence, I am secure, settled and soothed (got that?). It is because of that time; I am better organized and orderly. It is through Him I am able to face the day. I am able to love others because of Christ.
John 3:16 reminds me, ‘that God loves people so much, that He sent His Son to die for people’, not for tasks. I must make time for my ‘task’, but I should never overwhelm my schedule with so many tasks, that there isn’t time for people also. Balance! Intentional living! Psalms 118:24 tells us, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it”.
Help me Lord not to miss the learning in this day. You are immutable, but I so need to change. I need to be intentional in my walk. I need to slow down; I need not be so busy that I miss the learning to grow; to mature. Teach me to appreciate the quiet times, the time spent with You, meditating on Your Word. Help me to be content with this season of my life and not wonder at the ‘could have been’. Remind me that You are the Author of time, and You decide when that ‘time is up’. Forgive me for being impatient with people, when they do not fall in line with my time frame.
HOW IS YOUR WALK WITH THE LORD?