Monday, 8 February 2016

T - is for Time


As I get older that old adage that time heals, or with time comes understanding, or with time comes wisdom,.... its true!

To a degree anyway.  And to what degree?  I think that we heal or come to understand, or "get" wisdom as quickly as we choose to.

For example, the Word instructs us to forgive (Matt 6 v 14:   For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.) but forgiveness is not an easy thing.  I find it very easy to forgive someone who says sorry.  For me, its over at that point and I can move on.  However, to forgive a hurt where an apology is not forthcoming, or that person does not even acknowledge wrong of any kind, that kind of forgiveness for me is tough.  But truly, it is easy when we do it God's way.  Just forgive and move on, leaving them to God.  In practice, hmmmm....

Fortunately, God knows us well and He allows us time to get over things.  I have found where I have practised forgiveness (yes, it is an active action of one's will - often needing much practice) in my heart and in my mind, and the one who has hurt me comes to mind, or I might bump into them, or see them at a distance and realize, oh, seeing them didn't hurt!  Or saying hello didn't cost me inhuman strength, lol!  Its in those moments I realize God has given me time for that forgiveness to become real and soaked into my soul.  Its then that I realize how gracious and merciful is our God.


I know that we need to live in the moment.  Leave yesterday behind, live in today, and not worry about tomorrow.  Time is precious!  But having made it to 47 in one piece, I am grateful for the time the Lord has given me to sort myself out, or to have the courage to go fix a broken relationship, or time to heal.  The older I get the more I value that time.

My encouragement to you is to realize that when you need time, God knows this too.  If you try to follow His instructions and leave at the foot of the cross your burdens, He will help you with the letting go, with the hurt, with the confusion, with the lack of faith.  He will give you the time....just don't abuse it for time is precious and God is gracious but He will say so far and no further if we mess about and are not genuine and serious.

Eccl 3 v 1-8:  A Time for Everything
(1) There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven—
(2) A time to be born 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 away stones and a time to gather stones;  A time to embrace and a time to refrain from 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 keep 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.  

God bless
Tracy

4 comments:

  1. Hi Tracy! Time is precious, no doubt about it. It 'heals all wounds' and 'keeps marching on'. It is a gift, and as you said, should be used wisely for our healing and forgiveness. That passage from Scripture about forgiving, so we may be forgiven always stops me in my tracks. Such a good reminder that we must be God's mercy here on earth.

    Hope you had a good weekend!
    Ceil

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  2. Oh, this was a wise message indeed! Yes, that old adage is sometimes spiritually true as well: "Time heals." I remember a time in my life when God worked His forgiveness in my family over a period of time. And sometimes, after the initial moments of "I'm sorry" saying, God works those seeds of forgiveness into a beautiful blossom of reconciliation, restoration, and new relationship!

    GOD BLESS!

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  3. Wonderful post and inspiration Tracy. Time is a blessing whilst these days many see it as their enemy. It is my failing too that sometimes I underestimate the wonderful and precious gift it is. For 2016- one of my goals- to be more aware of that gift and use it more wisely. Blessings to you and thanks for the nudge!

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  4. We have had to forgive when no one asked for it - - in fact they gloried that they had "Put one over on us." Turning them over to God is the best decision, (after you have done your part.) Betrayal is ugly, and after forgiveness, time is a beautiful friend. Thank you Tracy, for sharing with us here at Tell Me a Story.

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