Oh to be childlike – laying on the grass watching clouds float away, to see a lizard and not understand why you can’t catch it, to read just one more story – and not think about time.
Seems like one day melts into another and a week is gone, then a month. Years march on and a little slowing down is what the soul longs for. Sometimes the hard things make time flying by seem like a good thing. But what about the moments we wish would linger. Is there a rest stop in the fast lane of life? “Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him.” (Psalm 62:5 HCSB)
When Jesus was here there was a woman whose brother suddenly became deathly ill – word was sent to Jesus, but the man died. When Jesus arrived she wondered if things could have turned out differently had he gotten there sooner. He said to her “He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 NIV)
Time loses its grip when we believe Jesus. When we let regrets about time not spent well, or missed opportunities, or special occassions not attended stay where they belong – in the past – then we are free to live in the now. To believe that even if things don’t turn out our way, we will never die – and someday there will be no regrets. Do you, can you, will you believe this?
Here’s the truth of our fragile believing: When a father came to Jesus wanting healing for his son Jesus told him “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mark 9:23b NIV) The father exclaimed “I do believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24b NIV)
Our unbelief – even that is okay. Because just enough faith to seek Him is all that is needed. God doesn’t say only if we have faith to move mountains will He help us. He says faith as small as a mustard seed will move our mountains. It’s a matter of remembering that some mountains are moved in the here and now and some are moved down the road after we are done here on earth.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me…I will come back and take you to be with Me” (John 14:1 & 3b NIV) Believe Him.
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