As a task oriented person, I have a running to do list. Things I would like to be able to cross off (or in my case erase off my whiteboard.) But every week it seems like I cross 2 off and add 4 new ones. It was that way at home, but here it seems even more so. I’m often wondering where the time goes, both work time and personal time.
Recently I was visiting with one of our church-planting missionaries who was out of “the bush” in the guesthouse and she asked what I had done that day. I said something about not getting much done, because I’d helped with jump rope twice that day (see slide show) and then there was market and then I took a walk with a friend. . . and she said well, you have to remember who does the measuring . . .
|She explained, “When we were in the bush and a lot of non-translation things came up, BJ told his dad that he didn’t get much done today. So his dad said ‘‘Just remember who does the measuring’ So now we say that a lot. When our schedule doesn’t work out the way we had planned we have to ‘remember the One who does the measuring!’”|
And since then I’ve been trying to remember that. It brings a whole new perspective. Time is meant to be invested, and while there are lots of things I do need to be able to complete and take care of and make progress in, people are the ultimate investment.
Any moment I spend encouraging someone, helping them get better (in the case of jump rope), listening to, praying for, or serving– that is time well spent, even if I can’t cross it off a to do list. Pray that I can remember in every day “Who does the measuring of time” and ask Him how I should spend it. Pray that He will multiply my time when necessary, so I can get done what he determines I need to.
I was reading recently about how keeping the Sabbath required trust. The Israelites had to trust the Lord to provide what they needed to survive when they took a day of rest.
I have a long way to go in trusting Him to provide the time I need to get everything He wants me to accomplish done. He knows every distraction, every opportunity, every delay, and yet He allowed it. Can I trust Him to provide just enough time to get what he wants me to do done, to accomplish His desires?