From Your Pastor’s Heart – Time Is On My Side
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T I M E I S O N M Y S I D E
In 1998 the Crossroads Baptist Church welcomed a young pastor and his family into your community of faith. We had been married for only 7 years with two little ones in tow, a curly headed 2 yr old, Anna, and an eight month old cotton top boy named Luke. We celebrated Luke’s 18th birthday on January 26. It is hard for me to believe that he is that old, that I could be that old, that we are all that much older. It feels like so much time has passed and yet at the same time there is the sense that all that time has passed in the blink of an eye. There are days that I want to pass by more quickly and other days that I wish would linger. Wouldn’t it be incredible to be able to shorten a day of gloomy sorrow by taking an hour or so away and adding it to the days of sunshine and happiness to make those days a little longer? But how would I know that the sun wasn’t about to shine on the day of sorrow or that the cloudless day was about to darken into the greatest storm of my life. I would probably create more tremendous disasters than I could avoid if I were in charge of my days. So we live within the boundaries of our days; 60 second minutes, 60 minute hours, 24 hour days, 7 day weeks, 52 week years. We live within that grid of time but we are not necessarily at the mercy of it like a prisoner is to a jailer. Because, while time will never change, every minute is a gift, entrusted to us to use, to invest. The Psalmist understands that time can either be seen as a cruel task master driving us through each day’s grind or as a benevolent master offering minutes as unopened presents for us to enjoy as each one unfolds before us. He says,
“So teach us to number our days aright that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Ps. 90:12)
The Psalm is directed at God, in whose sight a thousand is years is like the passing of another day (Ps. 90:3). God sits above time, orchestrates time, and is the best teacher when it comes to time management. As I sit here considering the time that is left, (every second is in God’s hand to distribute or withhold) I wonder how to best use my time, now that school days are winding down, children are poised to leave home, and the next 25 years of marriage lie before me and my beautiful wife. The Psalmist (Moses) says it this way:
Look forward to His return, be satisfied with His love, be glad for every day (even the bad ones), be on the lookout for His glory, and pray that others see His glory in me (Ps. 90:13-17).
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,