"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

2/27/12

It's That Time

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 5:8

To God, time is very different than it is to us mortals. He sees the beginning, middle, and end at the same time. Hard to comprehend? You bet. (but this post by a friend helped me a LITTLE bit) But I never claimed to understand Him.

Andrew, almost 2
 Yet we "earthlings" are caught up in literal time. Past, present and future are different than each other. We can't know how our actions in the present will affect the future, nor can we even be sure exactly how our pasts made us the people we are today. All we can know is that God can see it all, and He is the same - yesterday, today, and forever.

There are certain days, however, when we are more likely to try, at least, to see life in a less linear way. And for me, this is one of them.

About six months ago (with his sister)
My oldest, Andrew, turns 11 today. And in just over six months, he will be in his first year of middle school. Last week, we had a middle school informational banquet, where we learned more about his new schedule, and how different his day will look in sixth grade as compared to fifth. Andrew was SO excited, he hardly slept that night.

And I panicked - at least a little. How will he handle it? Will he struggle with the more rigorous curriculum? Will he forget what classroom to go to? Will the teachers help him? How will he do socially?

But I can rest in the fact that God already knows how it will go. He knew before Andrew was born - before ADAM was born - exactly how it would all go. And it has all been sifted through His fingers. I can worry about the future, regret the past, and agonize over the present, but God's view is all-encompassing, and He can be trusted.

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How hard is it for you to grasp time in God's eyes? Do you find yourself worrying about the future, agonizing over the present, or regretting the past? God's control and vision CAN comfort you!


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7 comments:

  1. My best friend and I were just talking about this on Saturday. How our lives have been formed out of all the decisions we've made and had we made one choice different in our history that things would be different. But there is no guarantee they would have been better or worse. Different is the guarantee. Thanks for sharing - - - as always. Oh! And happy birthday to Andrew! Middle School - wow!

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  2. It is such a comfort to know God's got it all in His control and He knows exactly what's going on and when. But yeah, I still agonize. LoL. Good reminder, Jo.

    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Andrew. =]

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  3. It's bitter-sweet seeing little ones growing up. God will carry you through these years.

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  4. A BIG happy birthday to Andrew! Read a wonderful devotion in Jesus Calling today and knew I had to share it with you: "Your gravest danger is worrying about tomorrow. If you try to carry tomorrow's burdens today, you will stagger under the load and eventually fall flat. You must discipline yourself to live within the boundaries of today. It is in the present moment that I walk close to you, helping you carry your burdens. Keep your focus on My Presence in the present." Sarah Young

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  5. My son will be making this same transition next year. There is a parent meeting tonight. Depending on how it goes, we will need to make a determination about home schooling next year. Thank you for the reminder about God seeing everything before hand and knowing just exactly how to work all things out for his good and for Jadon's.

    I wish our boys could meet:)!

    peace~elaine

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  6. Happy Birthday, Andrew!!

    Joanne, you've really encouraged me with this post! Love you!

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  7. "But I can rest in the fact that God already knows how it will go.'

    I love this and that brings me hope, knowing He knows even when I don't!

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