Can You Tell Time?

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-10 A Time for Everything

1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

2 A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.

3 A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.

4 A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.

5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.

6 A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.

7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.

8 A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.

9 What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils? 10 I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.

Our calendar’s are an allusion of our yesterday’s or our tomorrows. Our watches pinch and pull us in all directions. The sun and the moon do their dance of sky regardless or when we rise or lay down. God’s time piece does not document time in numbers.

I am more aware of time than ever before. The awareness is both bitter and sweet. Sometimes both at the same time. Under heaven’s timepiece, I really have no idea what time it is. In fact, I cannot tell time anymore.  A time to search or a time to give up as lost? A time to be silent or a time to speak? A time to weep or a time to dance? (I guess you have an idea what’s on my mind?)

I am on God’s time. And the best use of that economy of time, is to ask Him. What time is it? For me? Today? For you? Now? You’ve heard perhaps, God is never late nor early, but always right on time, but sometimes I wish He would hurry! (author unknown)

My husband Bucky, quit wearing a watch to appease me. His tie to time made me feel crazy. God does have such a sense of humor. Bucky still, always can guess the time, give or take a minute. He is just one of those people with a keen sense of earthly time. It’s a good thing or we would have missed many a plane or school play without his prompts. My family knows better than to rely on my sense of time. In fact, it’s kind of a joke. “If it’s up to mom, we will always be late.” (Okay, so I confess to being rebellious about time!)  So, I am not suggesting your throw out your clocks. Time may well make the world turn, but God’s clock measures increments of life events.

Are you toiling with time or are you on God’s time with your task. We are best scheduled if we admit that we cannot tell time. Not, God’s time clock. There is a time for everything under heaven, but it’s God’s time that calls our appointments. Use it well to invest in His economy for building a Kingdom that lasts forever.

I just heard God whisper. . .

“It’s a a time to gather stones. . .three in fact. . .And I’ll help you aim them just where they will have the most impact for victory. ” (See what I mean. The timely things I suggested were not on His timeline for me at all.) That’s proof again, I cannot tell time under the heavens!

. . . I am with intention opening the cover to my life’s time piece. . .

. . .Open to His Hands to set, to move, to strike as appointed. . .

4 thoughts on “Can You Tell Time?

  1. Beautiful and so true.You have so much wisdom. On some weekends and especially in the summer on a vacaton I do not wear a watch. Initially,it is hard to give up control of not knowing the time-but then it makes for a much more relaxing day.

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