This week has been a busy one. Which is not a bad thing, it just makes me appreciate the pleasure to be had from a quiet morning at home! I have been thinking about time (definitely an obsession of our times!) in the light of an instance where my own selfishness has managed even to shock me!
A desire to finish a whole quilt quickly led to a weekend of making log cabin blocks. As the week has progressed the quilt-making has slowed, in part due to the disappointment of ordering mis-matched fabrics. A window of fabric purchasing opportunity opened for tomorrow with dear husband agreeing to a trip to Nature’s Threads. How inconvenient for me then that my Mother-in-law should be taken into hospital and a trip to visit her is needed! Are you shocked? I can not believe how the disappointment of not being able to go to a fabric shop so coloured my reactions and feelings!
So, I have been reflecting: time is not mine by right but is a gift given! That doesn’t mean we are not to have rest, relaxation and hobbies – God leads by example; He is the ultimate creator after all and He took time to enjoy His creation and to rest. He is not a hard taskmaster, knowing our limitations all too well, and generously provides us with the gifts we need to find satisfaction and peace in the time He has given us. Joyce Meyer has a memorable visual of self-centredness. She describes how she used to wake in the morning and think through the day ahead, always in relation to how each planned event would impact on herself. On stage she would wind the imaginary clockwork key in her back and begin to move about like a robot repeating the phrase, ‘What about me? What about me? What about me?’ Now, I don’t hold with all of Joyce’s theology but sometimes her insightful and humorous look at where we are in relation to where we should be cuts straight to the heart!
My prayer now is that when I wake in the morning there will be less of the , ‘What about me?’ and more receiving of God’s fruitful gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (see Galatians 5:22) to be used through the day as He directs. I am a ‘Work In Progress’ – thankfully God doesn’t get tired, bored or distracted!