In the Beginning... God Bought a Watch
There is a Time for Everything
One aspect of God that has always interested me is that of time, or seasons rather. It's so interesting to me that God has a plan for our life, and that something that is seemingly insignificant, like time, can play a major role in the unfolding of that plan. For example, when I started to learn that God could speak to me, the first thing I heard Him say was to go work with children. I immediately started job searching, but nothing came to fruition. It wasn't until six months later that I took a college course where I met someone who worked at a daycare that I ended up working at too. It was a hard job to get acclimated to and, looking back, there's no way that I would have had the confidence to hold that position had I started six months earlier. I have heard stories of people praying for their spouses and they were expecting results immediately. When they finally met their spouses down the road, they found out that had they met the first time they had prayed about them, their spouse would have been unsaved. I love to think about the fact that their are certain situations that seem like they could not have unfolded more beautifully at any other time. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven."
The Purpose Behind Time
This journal is going to be more speculative than factual. You're going to hear more of my "wonderings" than my knowledge on this subject. Instead of being fascinated with time in the sense of seasons lately, I've been consumed with curiosity concerning the purpose of time. Did God really need to create time for us? God has always been and will always be- something that is unfathomable to think about. For Him, there was no beginning. It just was.
In English class, we were always taught that a story needed to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Even if you read a book that starts in the middle of the character's life, the first chapter still serves as the beginning of the story. We can't make sense of a story that didn't start somewhere. And that's partially why I think God created a sense of time for us- so that we could have an order that our minds could adhere to and make sense of. Not all reasoning is negative. Proverbs 3:5 says, "...lean not on your own understanding," but this is in reference to trusting God as opposed to figuring out how His systems work.
The Way We Use it
Even though everything that God created is good, sometimes we take God's promises and use them to imprison ourselves rather than to relieve ourselves. For example, a lot of us fear the concept of time. We're afraid that we won't have enough time, that we don't do enough with our time, or that our time will never come. We talk about having to make time for what we want but we rarely actually make time for what's important. What if we actually could create time? What would we do with it? Probably the same things we are doing right now. How much time we have will not determine what we will do with it. As with anything else that is in the Bible that God wants to bring to our attention, how we view our time is more of a heart matter than anything else.
Time can be a motivating factor in the plan that God has set up for us, but all too often we fear it when we feel as though it is closing in on us too quickly. Even during waiting periods, God has given us the ability to see the end before it actually occurs. If God has given us a promise- I'm talking about one of those that aren't specifically in the Bible, but one He speaks to our hearts- then we can know that the end result is already ours if we do our part. Waiting can seem to take up our time and if we're not careful we'll see it as a waste of our time. But God always has a different perspective on everything. Isaiah 40:31 says, "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength...." If we use those waiting periods to wait upon time instead of on God, then we'll become weary and loose our strength. That's why it's easy to view waiting periods as a "dry season" as opposed to a season in which your strength is renewed. I honestly believe dry seasons don't have to exist. I'm not saying that I've never had one but they have been few. And every time I did go through that period, it was because I was waiting on something other than God and His word. On the other hand, God wants you to be honest with Him about your feelings. He can handle it. But there does come a time when you need to choose whether or not you want His ways to have the ultimate say so over your ways.
No Time Equals No Order?
Because time creates a sense of order, if you took it away, would chaos result? Think about the leaders of this country. In the book of Judges, there was a group of people that wanted to have rulers in place. They wanted this so desperately, not because that's what God wanted, but because they wanted to be like the other nations that surrounded them. As a result, they got what they had asked for. What they probably felt would be a source of security and sense of order ultimately led to the chaos that they were seeking to avoid. I used to wonder what was so wrong about having a King to rule the people. I don't think leadership is necessarily a bad thing, but again, it's about the motive behind it. The people sought more to be like other kingdoms than they sought to do things God's way. God wanted a nation to be absolutely dependent upon Him. Think about a nation that is not bound by the fear of time or by the fear of freedom. If we seek God first, then time for other things will open up in a way we can't explain. We have our thinking backwards sometimes in the sense that we think that we can fit God into our schedules like we do with everything else. But if we let go and seek God first, He can re-arrange our schedules in a way that seems chaotic to us but it makes perfect sense to Him. And if you stick His schedule long enough, His way of creating time will begin to make sense to you to.