For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. —Romans 15:4

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Too Much Time?

James 4:13-15
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”
 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 

I was at a meeting talking with a friend and made the comment that I like calendars and clocks. I purchased three different 2011 calendars and was given two. I own several clocks (one with three faces that can be set to different time zones), a watch and a phone that shows the time, not to mention the clock on my computer and phone at work. I asked my friend what it means for me owning all these time oriented items, and she thought it must mean that I’m organized. I’m not so sure about that. But, I am beginning to think that I am just a bit obsessed with time.

Driving home from the meeting I was thinking about how God views time. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t wear a watch. We often talk about how events happen in God’s time and that he has perfect timing. James tells us that life is just a mist, the blink of an eye and that instead of focusing on when things will be, know that God has perfect timing in all that he does. I’ve heard the saying that “I make plans, God laughs,” he may not laugh at us, but he may shake his head and then reminds us that he is in control. Take time this week to praise and thank God for his knowledge of our life and his wisdom to guide us forward.

1 comment:

  1. I like that; "I make plans. God laughs." So true. Good thing he's in charge instead of us.