Dear overwhelmed you
You’re nobody special. Me neither. That should be a marvellous relief to you and me both.
Because not for you, not for me, not for anybody anywhere does God make plans that we don’t have time to live.
You don’t get any more minutes than those allotted to your one beating heart. You don’t get any overtime, because you don’t need it. There is enough time each day to do God’s will.
But it can feel like there’s never enough, right?
When my littlest son puts on his new (seriously second-hand) school uniform – too excited! – with still half a week of holiday to go, a window closes forever on part of his childhood because I know that when he puts on his uniform again this week for real, things will never be the same. It makes me a little panicky and sad and I have to remind myself, We Have Had Enough Time for this past leg of the journey. We Will Have Enough Time for the next.
I don’t know where you are exactly, but maybe the bar’s been raised and you wonder if you’ve got what it takes? Don’t be afraid. There’s time to figure things out.
Maybe standards have dropped and you wonder if it’s all unraveling. Don’t be afraid. There’s time to listen for how God might use you in the mess.
Maybe you feel threatened by the same people who feel threatened by you. Don’t be afraid. Always take enough time to be kind, and to remember that you, and they, are loved enough.
Maybe there’s not enough rain and not enough money and not nearly enough sanity to make the world go round. Don’t be afraid. You don’t see the whole picture. The God who is pure love, power and wisdom is right on time, working unceasingly and magnificently. There are enough sparrows in the world, and not one of them drops dead without His say-so.
Maybe you’re diving back into all the regular fast-flowing currents of another week of real life where lunchboxes don’t pack themselves and someone needs to figure out the sports schedules and there are deadlines and headlines and heroes to raise in a wrecked world. Don’t be afraid. Know this:
There Is Enough Time.
The truth is, we all make time for the things that are important to us. The slices of our twenty-four pie charts pretty much tell the world all there is to know.
So, know that there’s enough time to let the people in your day spill their stories. There’s enough time to make beds make food make do make up make love. There’s enough time to make texting and driving two separate events. There’s enough time to sit still in the presence of the King because there you’ll find enough wisdom to know how to spend, not waste, your just-enough time. At the end of this week, there will even be enough time to Stop. Rest. Celebrate all that surrounds you and say, it is so very good, and more than that: it is enough.
Your Heavenly Father is inside of time and outside of time at the same time, lacing together all the strands of happened and happening history into the grand plot – the magnum opus that is His Kingdom and His glory. He has made enough time for the story you’re living.
He’s also your Provider. You don’t need to horde time or money or things or food or attention or acceptance. God’s saving grace is sufficient. You have enough. You are enough. By that same grace, you’ll get to do enough.
And always, there is hope enough.
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‘I make myself rich by making my wants few.’
‘Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.’