Monday, April 14, 2014

Tick Tock

James 4:14
“Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air].”

Flickering flames in my fireplace, dog by my feet, and the clock ticks louder than I’ve ever noticed before. Is it because I’m listening now? It’s always been there, hasn’t it? Yet sitting here quietly ‘in tune to’ this room I’ve spent almost every day in for the past 11 years!

Amazing what you hear.
Surprising what you see…
‘reallllly’ see.

The pictures on the mantle representing a moment -- a snapshot.

The dash that lies between birth - death.
The in-between.
Representative of time.

Back to that loud clock again…that reminder. It’s still ticking. It never takes a break. Even if the battery dies, the other clocks demand that it catch up. They aren’t waiting for it.


Time doesn’t wait.
It’s not patient.
It doesn’t slow down as you breathlessly try to make up for lost time.
It just forges ahead despite how desperately you may need it to just pause, just for a moment.
It’s not in its nature, it wasn’t built for that.

So knowing that is NOT a characteristic of time…to ‘wait’ that is…why are we putting that requirement on it? One that will never be.

It’s like a wave, it keeps going. You can ride it, make the most of it, capitalize on what it was made for, but don’t treat a wave like a wall. It wasn’t built that way. And don’t treat time like a monument, it’s still moving like that wave.

Enjoy it.
Surf in it.
Revel in the beauty that it creates, but don’t be disappointed when it doesn’t fulfill what it was never designed to do.

Speaking of that, don’t be disappointed when people don’t accomplish what they were never designed to do…fulfill you. God can do that, fully.  

‘People’ never will.
‘Things’ certainly won’t.
‘Careers’ will fall short.

Let the fact that they weren’t designed to fulfill or ‘complete’ you (as Jerry McGuire so lovingly exclaimed) direct you back to the One who can. You value that relationship so much more as you recognize how He never fails, never disappoints and doesn’t fall short.

Recall how a person, a thing, or a career let you down this week. Then study God’s character and realize how consistent and faithful He is.  Let Him fulfill you as He was designed to sure takes the pressure off of everyone else to keep you happy on any given day, phew!  That's a tough job for anyone ;)

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