Time is a gift
Monday, January 13, 2020
After yesterday's sermon on Martha and Mary I decided to look at my life and my distractions, what keeps me from being captivated by the words of my Lord? I came to realize that I'm not even as good as Martha, my distractions weren't even coming from a desire to serve Jesus or my church, but rather myself. I've been choosing to waste my time numbing my brain and being complacent rather than finding true fellowship with my Creator.
My weight loss journey, while important, shouldn't even be first. The kingdom of God should always be chosen first.
This morning I made a choice to do things differently. When I woke up to pump milk for Lila, I chose to read my Bible and pray while doing so instead of goofing around on my phone. It had been so long since I had been working on my journey to read the Bible cover to cover (I've read it in it's entirety in high school, before I got saved, but not in the order laid out) that I forgot where I left off. Maybe sometime after Solomon's reign? Doesn't matter. It's a good time to be starting over in my reading, too, because in a lot of Hazel's lessons we've been going over, we've been discussing creation. Her science, social studies, and Bible lessons all are going over creation right now.
As always, I read until something jumps out at me and then pray that I see what God is showing me. Sometimes the verse is comforting, sometimes it convicts, sometimes I struggle over it because the lesson is tough and I'm not sure why. Today it was inspiring. This is the passage that God brought to my attention today:
And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serves as signs to mark seasons and days and years,..."
There's more to the passage but that verse is what jumped out. I always knew that God created the sun, moon, and stars to light the heavens but this is new to me. It's funny how you can read the Bible over and over again and still find something new. God is marking the passage of time for us in this passage. Not for Himself, but for the human race he was about to create. It amazes me that people have been watching the skies since the dawn of our race and it was laid out in the Scriptures that this purpose was there.
God also created this for us. He doesn't need the skies to know the changing of the seasons, but we do. We are the ones affected by time. He created this beautiful sky not just for us to gaze in wonder but also as a gift. Knowing the passage of time is a great reminder of how much we have and what we're doing with it.
I know that for me, I tend to view time as a curse. It goes by too fast or too slow, it ages my kids faster than I can appreciate, it creeps by when I haven't properly prepared for a certain deadline, and it makes certain parts of my body not stand like they used to. How often do I curse Monday for coming and starting the workweek and bless Friday for bringing me the weekend? I'm now excited for time bringing the upcoming Super Bowl Sunday but disappointed that once it's here I have to wait until September to see my beloved Seahawks in action once again.
It's time to slow down and look at time differently. God created this as a gift. He marks the beginning and ending of each day for us. He marks the changing of the seasons for us. This gift is a huge blessing that should not be wasted.
Already, without realizing it, I started to treat time differently before I read this passage. I got up and read my Bible, I took advantage of my alone time to reflect. I prayed that God will continue to show me what a beautiful gift that He created is. I had a wonderful almost two hours to enjoy, just me and my Creator.
And now here I am, almost two hours later and my children are awake and ready for the day. It's time for me to appreciate another blessing in my life and be grateful that God has given me the opportunity to finally be home to take the time to homeschool my daughter and teach her of God's many gifts such as time.