Watching the clock

wood 2I’m not one to wait excessively well.  (Just ask Bob.)  Especially if I have somewhere I need to be at a particular time, like showing up for a party “on time” is one thing, but showing up for work “on time” is something else.  I’m seriously time-oriented, and if there has been one sticking point in our marriage, lo these many years, it invariably has to do with time management.  To me, the clock tends to be a mandate; to my husband, it’s merely a suggestion…

So, in a sense I tend to relate to the disciples waiting on Jesus to arrive at the boat for their departure to the next place of ministry.  I can only imagine what possessed them to be so impatient as to leave the Main Attraction behind while they Continue reading “Watching the clock”

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Spoiler: this is not a political statement.

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I guess we had a presidential debate last night here in the United States.  I wouldn’t know, since I watched the first few minutes of it and went in the other room to read The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Good book, BTW.

Anyway, back to the debate.  I say I wouldn’t know if it really was a debate or not, or merely the circus it was billed to be.  I’ll probably hear about it at some point; I’m certainly not a political analyst like those who are paid to influence the rest of us. 

It’s not that I’m not proud to be an American, or least of our American heritage and those who continue to uphold the good therein, many times at great personal sacrifice.  It’s not that I’m not going to vote; I will. 

But a friend of mine gave me a good reminder that bears repeating again and again: God is in control.  I knew that, I know it now, but it’s good to hear it from someone else.  God is in control.  Here’s what He said back in the day through his prophet Isaiah, (things weren’t looking overly optimistic then, either)—

 “I will watch quietly from my dwelling place—
    as quietly as the heat rises on a summer day,
    or as the morning dew forms during the harvest.”

We like to harp and gripe about where is God, why isn’t He DOING something, blah, blah.  To me, the answer remains:

 He has, He is, and He will. 

And I had better be on board with that plan, however and whenever and through whomever He chooses to unfold it.  Because it really isn’t about the economy, personal prosperity, immigration, or ISIS.  Those are mere symptoms of the deeper, more insidious cause.

“It” is about Him.  It always has been.  And someday, we will all realize that. 

Even I know that, and I’m not even a prophet.

Isaiah 18:4  Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.