God Doesn’t Wear A Watch

God Doesn’t Wear A Watch

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
~Colossians 3:12

I looked at my watch for the umpteenth time, hoping to hurry the train to the station. But the train was having none of my impatience. It lumbered slowly from its last stop to where I was waiting.

“Why the rush?” God asked me.

“I’m not in a rush,” I said, not wanting to talk. I had things on my mind.

“Clock time isn’t my time, you know,” God said. “You created that to measure units of your life. An hour here. A day there. You rush about trying to make things happen in those units, instead of living in the fullness of time.”

“What’s the fullness of time?” I asked.

“It is where you are patient,” God explained. “Patience allows you to enter the truth of life: the pain, confusion, sorrow, or joy. Impatience, on the other hand, is about getting away from things that are uncomfortable. You can’t embrace someone else’s pain if you can’t stay to feel your own. Patience is what allows you to be united with others in compassion. In that unity, you experience my grace.”

My train arrived and I boarded. I sat at a window seat and watched the scenery pass by as we pulled away from the station. I realized that time wasn’t like the scenery. It wasn’t rushing by me. It was standing still, right here with me. I could practice patience. I could stay with that which is uncomfortable inside of myself so that I could be with others in their pain.

I took off my watch and put it into my purse so that I wasn’t tempted to measure my life by clock time, but instead, measure it by the fullness of time—God’s grace.

Paying Attention To What’s Important

Paying Attention To What’s Important

“Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time…”
~Ephesians 5:15

It had been a long day. I curled up on the couch and scrolled through my Facebook feed. I clicked on a dozen or more links and read the stories. An hour went by. Then two. Three. I was deeply engrossed in a video when I felt a gentle tap on my shoulder.

“Are you wasting time?” God asked me.

“I’m unwinding after a hard day,” I explained.

“The most valuable asset you have is time,” He told me. “Use it wisely.”

“Sure thing, God,” I said, not really paying attention to Him as I scrolled to yet another video. My stomach began growling, insisting that I eat dinner. Reluctantly, I put down my laptop and found my way into the kitchen. I had to turn on the lights as the sun had long ago said goodbye to the day. I was a bit disoriented, intoxicated from the social media binge. I washed vegetables and chopped up chicken to stir-fry, and thought about God’s words.

“You’re right, God,” I said. “I do spend too much time on social media. It takes me away from what’s real. What’s important. It takes me away from the people I love. Tomorrow, I’ll pay more attention to what’s important.”

“You’ll be happier and healthier if you do,” God said gently. And of course, He was right.

Relax Your Mind

Relax Your Mind

“…in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.”
~Isaiah 30:1

“Whatcha doing? God asked.

“Fixing the garden fence,” I said, as I hammered another nail into the post.

“That’s quite a fast swing you have there,” God said, as He peered over my shoulder.

“Uh huh. I’m sorta in a hurry,” I replied. I wiped a bead of sweat from my forehead. “I’ve got to write this afternoon.”

“Will you be in a hurry then?”

“I guess. I’m eager to get the new book done,” I explained.

“When you hurry your mind it doesn’t go any faster, “God said. “In fact, it stops. You’ll be more creative and productive if you slow down and relax. Let your mind go. Let it wander. It will take you where you need to go,” He assured me. “With everyone in a hurry these days, it’s a wonder that anyone utilizes the talents I’ve given them.” (I could have sworn I heard Him sigh right then.)

“Yeah, we’re all feeling crunched for time,” I said as I drove the last nail deep into the wood. I stood up and looked around at the garden. The sunflowers were just starting to bloom. The tomatoes sported little yellow blossoms that bobbed on the breeze. Beans reached up and wrapped around a trellis, pulling themselves up from the damp earth.

“Those plants aren’t in a hurry,” God pointed out to me. “They take the fullness of the time I’ve given them to produce. Take your time, Sparrow. Take your time.”

I walked to the gate and pushed it open. I felt the sun on my face. I felt the expanse of the day and the abundance of everything I needed.

“I’ll take my time, Father,” I said and slowly closed the gate behind me. “Yes, I’ll take my time.”

I hope that you will take your time, too.

 

 

A Gentle Tap On The Shoulder

“Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time…”
~Ephesians 5:15

It had been a long day. I curled up on the couch and scrolled through my Facebook feed. I clicked on a dozen or more links and read the stories. A few took me over to YouTube, where I proceeded to scroll through other videos of similar interest. An hour went by. Then two. I was deeply engrossed in a video of Amerca’s Got Talent when I felt a gentle tap on my shoulder.

“Are you wasting time?” God asked me.

“I’m unwinding after a hard day,” I explained.

“The most valuable asset you have is time,” He told me. “Use it wisely.”

“Sure thing, God,” I said, not really paying attention to Him as I scrolled to yet another video. My stomach began growling, insisting that I eat dinner. Reluctantly, I put down my laptop and found my way into the kitchen. I had to turn on the lights as the sun had long ago said goodbye to the day. I was a bit disoriented, intoxicated from the social media binge. I washed vegetables and chopped up chicken to stir fry, all the while thinking about God’s gentle reminder to use my time wisely. Deep inside I know that my time spent scrolling social media posts isn’t the highest and best use of my time.

I cooked dinner and ate. Afterward, I  scrubbed the pans and washed the dishes. Instead of grabbing my laptop for mindless entertainment, I called a friend I know who is struggling with a big life change. We talked for awhile. When we said goodbye, I felt good inside; much better than I do after a binge of social media.

Time is our most valuable asset. I know I waste too much of it on things that don’t matter. What do you spend too much time doing?

 

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