Time for Everything

Have you ever felt both happy and sad at the same exact time for the same exact reason?

This week, I will drop off our first child at college.

I celebrated with her when she read the acceptance letter to her first choice school. I really got excited when her scholarship came through, making the dream a reality.

I look at the wonderful young lady she has become and I could not be happier for her. She’s been offered many opportunities and I continuously encourage her to seize them.

I’m her mom. I am so proud of her, so excited for her, and can’t wait to see where God leads her next. As her mom, I know I will miss her desperately.

As she’s been saying good-bye to everyone, it’s really sinking in. She won’t be at the dinner table. I won’t she her across the church, seated in the teen pew. I won’t get to embrace her and pray with her before bed each night.

How can I feel so happy, so excited, and so sad, simultaneously?

The God who created those emotions and who created me also gave recorded wisdom on this matter. Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 reads, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.”

In her preparations to move over 2000 miles away, we have shared much laughter! In those quiet times before bed, I’ve solitarily shed some tears.

God knows about those tears. He also knows about the joy I harbor,so thrilled at seeing His plans for her unfold.

He created all the emotions I’m feeling today. He knows. He will help me leave her there. He will be with her. He loves her even more than I.

Yes, there is a time for everything. Even when we weep and laugh and mourn and dance in rapid succession, He knows. He understands. And He will carry us through.

 

Distracting Silence

“Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.” Isaiah 55:3 NIV

Closing the door with a bang, her feet flew down the path, fleeing frustration, fear, and soon-to-be folly.

As she rounded the bend, the beautiful pond sparkled in the summer sunlight. Peace penetrated both her vision and her mind, slowing her feet to the proverbial snail’s pace.

Her mind paused, forgetting the furious fermenting of just moments before.

As she closed her eyes, her very soul drank in the unadulterated tranquility.

No voices demanding anything.  No phone incessantly ringing. No computer beeping, then having the audacity to blank out.

Just silence.

Peaceful silence.

A hug from God wrapped up in that silence.

Strolling among the golden wildflowers she fingered the fragile Queen Anne’s Lace as her mind lingered on the unsaid prayer.

Closing her eyes, she noted every muscle was now relaxed. The combined scent of sweet, damp earth lingered with final raspberries of the season.   A bird squawked overhead.

She startled, eyes opening wide, as she realized her serene stroll was anything but silent.

Bees and dragonflies buzzed by her ear in their frantic flight activity. Frogs refused to be forgotten by mates, or anyone else as each croaked his own tune.

She realized in the distractions of the demands of her day, she had blocked out the very sounds of peace her heart yearned to hear.

How often do we do the same with God?

He never leaves us, even when we’ve forgotten Him long ago.

He still wants only the very best for us, even if to get there, He must lead us on “the long scenic route.”

He yearns to hear His name on our lips just as He so lovingly lists ours’ to His Father.

He’s patient and persistent, never overbearing like our earthly demands.

God’s waiting for us to hear His quiet, loving call above the noise of our own chosen, chaotic lives.

And when we close the chaos down, will the ringing remain, diminishing the draw and distinguishment of His voice, His love?

Will we miss the beauty of Him and content ourselves with the façade of silence?

He is patiently calling, will you choose to hear and to listen to Him?

 

Reflections:

Monday: Read Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens,”  Schedule-wise, what season are you currently living? In which do you desire to be?

Tuesday: Read Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” What part do I play in partnering with God to do life?

Wednesday: While Matthew 7:7  is often read when deciding faith, what can I learn from it in terms of doing daily life with God?

Thursday: How can I make my faith a priority? When can I carve time to ask, time to seek, and time to knock?

Friday: Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, how easy it is to become consumed with the details of my life, to the point in which I eclipse You right on out. I can choose to allow the chaos to choke any thought of You,  and prayers to You, completely from my being. Please, Lord, in the words of Rebecca St. James, ‘Lord help me not be distracted, Lord help me focus on You.’ *  Please help me to not only recall the principles of Matthew 7:7, (ask, seek, and knock) but to also employ them. No matter what stage or season I’m in, I can and I must always make time for You.  Thank You for never forsaking me, Amen.

* Lyrics from her song “Go and Sin No More.”

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