Friday, September 13, 2013

Time Challenged?

The other day a friend graciously came to help me process some of the produce bulging from our garden.  

I get to frustrated not being able to keep up with it all; a) I'm not a natural 'farmer's wife'  b) did I mention I have Lyme?! 

We were considering several avenues of processing onto which we could proceed, when one of my daughters' entered in with a new recipe she had for homemade, canned, salsa that she wanted to try.  So she and my friend set to that task, while I diddled on another. 

As all great cooks do, my daughter made her own twist to the salsa recipe along the way.  Now mind you- this was her first very own full canning process and start with her own chosen recipe!  Well- it turned out fantabulous!   Of course I warned her that it is always dangerous to do something so well- as it then becomes your special thing to do from then on! (smile)

Once the cans of her soon-to-be famous salsa were joyfully ping-popping their tops on the counter, and she was finishing the last of the clean-up, she said, "That really wasn't that hard!  It just took time!"

That statement just caught me.  How profound!   It wasn't that hard, it just took time!

That is so true in much of the things-of-life: love, parenting, work, keeping to our treatment protocol.... when we boil it down, there may be truly hard things here and there, but for the most part the hard part is the time!

When we approach it step-by-step, one thing at a time... we move forward the most effectively.  Thinking of all the time something can take may even immobilize us, and we get nowhere; or we may get overwhelmed thinking about everything that needs to be done, and give up...

But, if we take it one thing at a time, in a timely manner-  it does get done.  We do move forward.  And, in taking our goodly time about it- we are least likely to go backward. 

I was talking to a Believing friend of mine about this- and we were so amazed at God and time.  God is beyond time- He is not limited by time.  When He invites us to do something for Him, one of our first reactions is likely to be- I don't have time (energy) for that.  

But, in His economy-  if He is directing us to do something, He also expands our known time, and will even redeem it, and give it back in some abundant way. 

Over the years I've experienced this more and more, and less and less do I get concerned about how much 'time' something will take, if he has asked me to do it.

You know days where one day seems to fly-by, and another feels like a week or more... our perception has changed, not the constraint of time.  It is a bit like that- only with a mysterious eternal twist to it when we are operating within the will of God.  It is crazy cool!

So what are you facing today that will take time?  That's feels like it is an overwhelming task?   Pray, seek God for strength, and slowly, steadily move forward...let Him be concerned about the time it will take, the energy it will take...  and be ready to experience His amazing expression of working beyond what we know of as time...


Ecclesiastes 3:11
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

Proverbs 20:24
The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?

Psalm 37:23
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives

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