And what should I say – Father save me from this hour? John 12:27-36a Despite the fact that we sometimes have to wait, all good things happen at the “right” hour. It’s not necessarily important that we are “fully” prepared for everything that is about to happen because in reality we really don’t know all of what is about to happen. What’s important is that God believes that we are prepared enough. Once we have done everything that could be done up to the point of receiving any gift or blessing, at that hour we must be ready to simply say yes – as we continue to have faith in God who will help us with the rest.
And now… abide in him, so that when he is revealed we may have confidence… 1 John 2:18-29 I recently read and article about President Obama’s decision to pursue some issues concerning justice and equality. These are issues he did not press hard during his first term, but now believes it to be the right time. The reality is that there are in fact some things he can do as President (such as pardons) that he can not do serving in any other office or capacity in this land. Often we want things to happen as quickly as possible. When they don’t, a variety of ill emotions rise to the occasion. Whether we like it or not there really is a time for everything. We do our best to remain focused on our goal and the change that we expect externally actually begins to happen internally. We learn to maximize every moment and strategize every move that we have in preparation for the goals we are trying to reach. In terms of our relationship with God, his timing in our lives often requires maximizing moments and strategizing moves (unseen from our perspective), because what he has prepared for us is far greater than what we could have prepared on our own. So we take courage and know that at the right time, God’s blessings will turn in our favor.
…in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by. Psalm 57 I know for myself, sometimes 40 days can feel like 40 years. I believe the body can not be sustained without first sustaining the spirit. This is achieved most effectively when first and foremost our graciousness for the opportunities of each day is presented before God. Each day given is an opportunity to choose God’s will and accept the wisdom of his grace. Then on the days when every possible storm passes by our first response will be to take refuge in the strength of God’s word as we wait it out. For God’s wisdom will surely be the reward.
‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:1-11