Have you ever wondered how God looks at the reality of time? I know I have. When I was younger I just had the understanding in my head that He sees time as we do. Truthfully, God sees time in a different light and this shouldn’t be surprising considering that He spoke the entire universe into existence. (Genesis 1:1-31) Although I’ll never fully understand God’s concept of time until I meet Him one day, there are two (upon many) promises from His word that I cling to down here while living in my temporary home:
- “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11-12 NLT
- “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
I can look back on my life over these past twenty years and see where each of these faithful promises have proven themselves to be true time and time again. I promise you you’ll be able to see it in your life, too. All we have to is “trace his hand of faithfulness” as Lysa Terkeurst says. All the while it has taken me these last twenty years to understand that I needed to be clinging to the promises of His word rather than the “problems” of this world. Don’t misunderstand me here. I’m not trying to make light of the things we face here in the flesh. They are real. The years of pain, frustration and anger they cause is even more real.
Let me step out into a moment of personal confession with you.
Being born with a physical disability is far from easy. It comes with its own set of challenges, or “overgrowth” as I’ve heard it called just like anything else we are given in this life. The older I get the more God is showing me that it’s less about the overgrowth, as it the promises I’m using to hack away at the thick weeds of doubt, insecurity, anger, depression, anxiety and selflessness that the Enemy has built up around me for years in seasons of my life as a way to keep me defeated in my relationship with Jesus.
Now, I’ll be brave with you and ask, What problems have you clung to instead of promises? Has the overgrowth started to creep its way into your life? Trust me. I know the feeling. I know what it feels like to have to sacrifice some elements of independence just to make it day. by. day. It’s so tiring and sometimes it takes every ounce of strength I have to send the “I’m ready to get up” text to my girls every morning.
What I love about my weakest moments is that’s when I feel God’s strength the most. When I don’t have any left and I can’t see past the overgrowth covering my eyes. The same is true for you. There are promises written in His word just. for. you. Just as Ecclesiastes tells us, “…God has made everything beautiful for its own time…” You may not be able to fully comprehend His promises right away, or peek through the overgrowth, but in His timing you will.
It’s up to you: What will you be clinging to? The promises or the problems?
I hope it’s the promises.
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