16 Aug
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Every Moment An Opportunity

Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.  Eph 5:15-17

I can not write this post right now because I must get my daughter ready for her soccer game, which starts at 9:00 am.  It is 8:05 am.  I must make the most of this moment, understanding what the Lord’s will is.  It is for me to stop writing, yet I greatly wish to continue because there is so much to say and perhaps I’ll forget it later.  Trust in the Lord; He will provide exactly what He means to provide.

It’s been days since starting this post and that’s quite okay only because God holds time, and all that I have comes from His hand.  Therefore if I am frustrated with time, I am actually frustrated with its Creator.  Time is not a burden, nor a hurdle, nor a crutch, or a brick wall, and it is not a cruel master.

Acknowledging and submitting to my limitations makes me rich with opportunity each hour to sacrifice to the Lord; laying down my plans for the moment to gladly accept His can be a beautiful act of worship to the Creator of time and limitations.  He called the day ‘good’.  “And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.”  Gen 1:4

Is the day good?  Do I welcome limitations as opportunities to consecrate what is “mine” as holy unto the Lord?  Perhaps these questions would be better answered by my children.  Does mom agree with God on Sunday morning, just before church?  Does she get panicked and frantic about the time?  Are you shipped from one thing to the next?

Can you picture Christ rushing around, frantically getting from one thing to the next? Absolutely not! Jesus was, and is, Lord of time, and all other limitations, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” Mark 4:41.

Each of us have the same number of moments in our day; the hours equalize us, level us out, we are all subject to time, whether peasant or king.  I have little money that I am able to give to my Lord, but I have just as many moments in my 24 hours as a rich man.  I can freely and cheerfully give all my moments to my God.  In practice, though, I find my attempts to give each moment to God to be difficult at best. “The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak” Mat 26:41b.  I am tired, I am cold, I am hungry, I have a headache, I need to get somewhere, I need to sit down, I need, I want, I am.  I am what?  I am my stomach and I am sick of me.

I am a worm.  You, oh God, You Are.  Today, be Lord of all my moments.  I desire to die to myself right now, in this moment, and give it to you, God of my salvation.  Jesus, today, might my dull thoughts be turned heavenward.  Might I welcome manual labor as opportunity to sing praises to you, might I see each colored leaf as a gift from above, and might my smile and laugh be born out of thanksgiving.  When my children ‘interrupt’ my work, might I recognize the appointment to be a divine.  May my words be few and carefully spoken, might they always build and mend and praise.  Keep complaining thoughts and a dull mind far from me, Lord.

Heavenly Father, I ask for opportunity to give to others, to sacrifice my own needs for the needs of others.  I desire to show your kindness where ever I am, be it at the grocery store, or here at home with my family, or on the road, or at church.  Might I have eyes to see, and ears to hear your still small voice.  Might I realize today when you’ve gifted me with moments to be low and humble, to prayerfully mourn, to hunger for righteousness and keep close your holy Word, to have mercy on others, to uphold purity, to make peace, and to be rejected for your sake.  And when you’ve answered this cry, might I understand your providence, so your glory and my joy can multiply all the more.


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