Just this past week Tyson asked to sleep in Regan's bed one night (I cannot even express in human words how far we have come....). The next morning he woke telling me about how the two of them stayed up talking
As I have watched Tyson interacting in various social settings, I sometimes sit back and shake my head, knowing this is only the work of the Time Redeemer. As I have spent more and more time in recent weeks praying about writing a book, something Holy Spirit has prompted me to do for a while, I have asked Him to reveal to me the things He wants to share. Among several themes, I continue to have re-occurring conversations with friends about this one truth: He is fully capable of
Waiting is hard. It doesn't matter if you are waiting on employment, a spouse, having children, or direction on what is next for your future. Waiting tends to hang a clock over each of our heads that looms large
Clearly, time is important to Jesus. Yet, He isn't in time. So, it's clear He wants us to trust Him with time because EVERYTHING is purposed and ordained by the One who isn't intimidated by the clocks hanging over us or the circumstances that hung them there. He wants us so much to trust Him with our time that Ecclesiastes 3:10-12 goes on to explain it to us like this:
"I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from beginning to end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live."
Not only has God put eternity in our hearts, reminding us that He isn't in time like us, but He reminds us that He makes everything beautiful in its time. EVERYTHING. These truths can feel contradicting when we consider our own waits, that somehow it's going to be beautiful, but it feels like the walls are closing in and its all going to come crashing down. Then, the enemy is silenced when I remind him that our God is watching a very different clock than the one we keep staring at over our wait. Here's the thing Jesus continues to speak into my spirit regarding our waits: He is perfect at
Unlike money, or trust, or status, once time is gone, well, it's gone. We simply can't get it back. Ever. Yet, whatever we entrust to the tender hands of Jesus, He can take and redeem...even time. It's, perhaps, the reason Ecclesiastes 3 says that eternity is placed in our hearts, because only then will we be able to see what He sees and understand what He was doing from the beginning to the end. As I have spent time meditating on this truth, I came to the passage in Scripture where God's children were enduring devastating famine due to locusts eating their crops. This devastation continued for 4 years while the children of God had to have been wondering what in the world God was doing. As the people cried out to God, He responded in Joel 2:18-19 letting them know He was sending grain, wine, and oil to them so they could "be satisfied." He went on in verses 25-26, "I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten-the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm- my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you.."
He repaid them for the years the locusts had taken. I. can't. even. As surely as I know my name, I believe we are living in a redeeming season, where God is
for us. All the years we waited, believing they were gone and we would never get them back, He is redeeming them. He is giving us multiplied joy, laughs, attachment, learning, trust, healing, and grace. Acknowledging this in no way diminishes the pain, grief, and tears that waiting years produce. Yet, as we fix our eyes on eternity, knowing He set it in our hearts, we can trust Him in waiting seasons. We can trust that He sees what we are convinced we are missing out on and He can redeem it for us. We may not get the physical hours, days, and weeks back, but He somehow multiplies the time when its season does come.
I want to encourage you as you wait. During our wait I missed out on the opportunity to trust Him for redeemed time. I am grateful He has opened my eyes to this truth now and I have asked for His forgiveness for all the days I convinced myself the clock over us was spinning out of control. Jesus gets more glory when we entrust our days to Him and watch on with great expectation as He does what only He can do:
And when He does redeem time, we most assuredly will praise His name, as noted previously in Joel 2:26. Mourning turns to dancing. Weeping turns to laughing. locust years turn to
We love you, Jesus.