A Month of Thanksgivings
TIME–The Healer of All Things. Continuing with this month’s theme, “A Month of Thanksgivings,” I want to reflect upon being thankful for TIME; the very seconds on the clock.
God set it in man’s heart to regard “time.” In the very beginning, He created the evening and the morning; the First Day (Genesis 1:5.) We know that He also created the sun, stars, planets, and moon. And, along with these majestically created celestial bodies, he created the Seasons; Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. I like to think that Spring was the first season as it represents “Life.”
Seasons represent Time. “To every thing there is a season, and time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to harvest that which is planted.” “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance!….” (Ecclesiastes 3 KJV). I don’t know about you, but I so love that my God is such a detailed, organized, structured, and routinely devoted God! I find safety in these characteristics.
I know back when I was in the classroom as a teacher, we learned that by providing an environment with daily rituals and routines that our students felt more safe and secure; thus enhancing the learning environment. I guess the educational system didn’t realize that they were simply “stealing” ideas from God’s own plan! See, whether people realize it or not…God is in EVERYTHING good!
The Holy Scriptures teach us to, “Number our days.” (Psalm 90:12) In other words, we are to apply wisdom to the time of life, or season of life, that we are presently living. The Book of Proverbs provides many verses of wisdom on how NOT to waste our time and to do “all” mightily as unto God. As the old adage says, “Time is of an essence.” Oh, yes friend; it certainly is an essential chemistry of our life!
But, time (the clicking away of the seconds on the clock; the slow-moving of the sun) is also the Works of God used in healing our broken and despaired hearts. Not that we truly ever forget or get over a terrible tragic loss within our lives, but unexpectantly to even ourselves, with Time we regain some sense of normalcy and return to our changed lives; yet able to move forward. I believe that the past is ever-present with us; but we can learn to live in the “gift” of today with a blessed hope for our future. And, my dear Christian friend, our eternal future is very Bright!! (Revelation 22).
The Apostle Paul says, “Forgetting those things which are behind and pressing forward to those things before…”(Philippians 3:13)… I don’t believe Brother Paul was actually instructing us to “forget” our brokenness, but NOT to allow it to paralyze us in order to keep us in the past. God knows your past; He knows my past; our present; and our future. I don’t about you, but how reassuring is that! I love that He holds the very tears that I have cried actually stored up in a bottle! Amazing… Amen.
Today, I am thankful for TIME and how it brings about a newness and a freshness into our lives with each passing day. Today, we could be living on the mountain top. Tomorrow, we could be struggling in the storms of life…But, with TIME, and the knowledge of Time, we know that nothing stays or remains the same while on Earth. Time on Earth is ever changing…So, what ever you may be facing today…will be in your past on tomorrow. Remember, it is ONLY God who remains the same yesterday, today, and forever! Amen.
Remember, God Loves you!
Lin T. Rollins, Author