I Take It For Granted

Four-year-old Conner cuddled in my arms as we watched Rango on television. We watched a little green gecko get repeatedly tossed into the air by traffic on the Mohave Desert highway. Conner said, “That green guy is gonna get squashed.”

“That’s why we don’t go in the streets.”

“No,” he replied, “I don’t go in the streets.” I squeezed him closer and he blurted, “Opps, I’m out of time.” I looked down at the 4-inch plastic hour-glass he held in his tiny hand. He turned it so the sand was on top and watched it begin to fall down into the empty side of the glass. “I got more.” As soon as the sand filled the empty glass, he flipped it over and said, “Opps, I’m out of time.” Again and again he flipped the hourglass until my daughter called, “Time for dinner.”

Time. Time to lie with Conner and watch a video. Time to spend with family on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Time to take a nap. Time to write. Time to finish my book. How often I take it for granted. Hours. Days. Years.  We are each given an alloted amount of time. There are no guarantees of next week, of tomorrow.  Sometimes I balk at the interruptions in my day–the thieves of my time–when the sand goes through the glass faster than I want. I get frustrated because I take for granted I’m in control–when I am not at all.  In the final analysis, it is God who controls the hourglass of our individual lives.

“He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” Daniel 2:21

The wise rise up and look to God for strength and help. The discerning choose His ways in all their actions and words. Dwelling on yesterday only robs us of today.

When Conner ran out of “time”, he just flipped his hourglass. We can’t do that. Our times are in God’s hands. We can only control what we do with the moments at hand. God is in total control of the seasons…He changes the time as He sees fit. We cannot change the time by setting our clocks back or forward. God can make it stand still if He so chooses. Indeed, there have been times in my life when I could not possibly have accomplished all I did in the timespan I had. It was as if God stretched the time…literally giving me more. It seemed like time stood still around me as I completed a task. Some would say I’m crazy.  But Daniel says God changes time and seasons.  And I believe him.

PRAYER: LORD, I long to be the “wise” and the “discerning”. Give me wisdom and knowledge. Let me use it for Your glory. Let Your thoughts be my thoughts, Your love be mine. Show me what You’d have me do today so I do not waste the time You bless me with.

© Hariette Petersen, SelahV Today, 2011

It Is Not Only The Old Who Are Wise

I came across these verses this morning in my Bible reading…

“I thought, ‘Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.’ But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.”

It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.

Job 32:7-9

What wisdom those verses share! Sometimes we automatically assume that just because someone is older than us, that that makes them wiser. In fact, sometimes we assume that just because someone has more experience in a certain area than us – that they must know what they are talking about, and be wiser than us.

I think we’re wrong to blatantly assume that just because somebody has more skills or experience or years living on the planet than us…that they are more likely to be right in their thinking than we are.

In fact, I’ve seen many people who are very experienced in certain areas of life – very wrong about things at times.

It is the Holy Spirit that gives us wisdom and discernment. If we lose that connection with the spirit that lives inside of us….it doesn’t matter where we are, what we do, or how much we’ve done it – we lose a great cord of wisdom in our lives.

A little child can have more wisdom than an adult at times. An apprentice can have more wisdom than his master. For age and experience don’t lend themselves to maturity automatically. Very brilliant and experienced people can still be very immature.

I’ve seen it.

I want the “breath of the Almighty” to breathe into me. I want Him to give me understanding and wisdom. In order for that to happen, I need to do what it takes to make myself right with God. Then I will have the greatest access of all…..for God wants to speak to me. He wants to breathe into me.

May I be HIS vessel.

~ Dionna Sanchez