Our time is not the Lord’s time. Our time is short and limited. The Lord works on eternity time. Eternity starts with the moment of now and stretches out into tomorrow. We are not called to do be successful but to be faithful to the moment in the Lord.
Our times are our birth, marriage, career, illness, death, divorce, etc. The Lord moves more slowly than we would. It’s hard to wait on and trust the Lord’s timing. We want things right now if not before.
At times when I have been struggling with circumstances, I have questioned the Lord’s timing. When going through divorce, illnesses, the possibility of blindness, etc. I just couldn’t trust these times could be in the Lord’s hands. Over time, I have found that “the Lord redeems all things in His perfect wisdom, grace, and timing!”
We may not know how the times of our lives or the events of our lives will unfold over time. We do know the Lord has our times in His hands. The whole world is in His hands. What a comfort when going through the unknown of illness, pain, fever, etc., that seems endless, that our times are in the Lord’s hands.
I use to plan things ahead and had my life all scheduled out over time. When things didn’t go as I planned them, I needed to give over my moments to the Lord to play out His will in the moments of my life.
My times are in His hands and everything is on schedule. I need to remind myself when my times seems clouded and uncertain. I don’t know what’s going to come next. There are many moments of uncertainty when living with illnesses.
The art of living with illnesses is learning to live a moment, step, event, breath at a time. Present moment living with our times in the Lord’s hands can be liberating. We are not chained to the hopes or fears of the past or the future be free to live in the moment of now. The past is a memory. The future is a mystery. The moment of now is a present from the Lord!
About the Author:
Kathleen S. Lewis, RN, MS, PC, MP: has lived with SLE and many other rheumatic diseases since 1978. She is the author of “Celebrate Life, New Attitudes for Living with Chronic Illness,” runs a counseling ministry by phone and internet and is a Stephen minister. She has 2 adult sons and 4 magical grandchildren and resides in Atlanta, GA with LB, the best Peek-a-Poo ever. She says, “I know in my weakness is God’s strength.” Drop her a line at email@example.com.