But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 2 Peter 3:7-9 (NIV)
For those who have read Alice In Wonderland, you may remember that the Mad Hatter had an unusual watch. In an interesting interchange, Alice is looking curiously at the watch when she says:
'What a funny watch!' she remarked. 'It tells the day of the month, and doesn't tell what o'clock it is!'
'Why should it?' muttered the Hatter. 'Does YOUR watch tell you what year it is?'
'Of course not,' Alice replied very readily: 'but that's because it stays the same year for such a long time together.'
'Which is just the case with MINE,' said the Hatter.
I have realized I seem to dwell in a place where time stands still. I talk to friends and hear of how there lives are moving forward. I look at mine, and in many ways it seems frozen in time. Stuck. Just like the Mad Hatter’s watch. While I now have more time than I seem to know what to do with, I seem to have little energy to fill it with anything. Time can stretch out like an endless void.
It can take a lot of faith and trust to hold on to the fact that God knows what is best for us. We need to remember that there is another perspective at work here. Just as Alice views time so differently than the Hatter – God views time differently that we do.
We can worry and fret and stew about the reasons our lives have to be so different. We can rail against the realities of life as it is now. Or, we can surrender to what is and not compare where we are to where others are or to where we’d rather be.
And the timing?
It’s in God’s hands.
It always has been.
Father God, Help us to rise above our limited viewpoints and realize how differently and far more accurately you view the events of our lives. Help us to understand that the timing of the good you have planned for us rests entirely in Your loving hands. Let us rest our hope in You. Amen and amen.
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