Are we there yet? When will it be my turn? How much longer till…well you get the point. We are creatures who want things our way in our time. If not, then the world is unfair, unjust, and just plain cruel. How dare people not abide to OUR time and OUR plan…well, I hate to tell you this, but it’s NOT YOURS! That’s right. This life, this time, this world…not yours at all. It all belongs to God. He is the creator and giver of life. Before this becomes more of a sch-peal…to my point and story.
Have you ever stopped to think about why things have happened the way that they have? Me either. Well, not usually at least. Recently, however, it has been weighing on my mind. This question of, “Why now and not then?”…it’s a mind blowing question that we cannot truly answer without believing in Him and what He has for us. Think about it. What if one little event in the past had been altered…we would not be here today. The one thing that I have in mind, of course, is about mathematics. In my History of Math class (yes, I know I’m a nerd), we have recently studied the Greek Era. More specifically, Archimedes. For of you who have no idea who this is, and probably don’t even care, I will make the summary brief. Archimedes is probably one of the top three most influential people in the history of math. He had a burning passion for math and wrote ten books about his discoveries and thoughts. One of the ten books that he wrote, entitled The Method, however, was lost to civilization. That’s right. Nine out of the ten books were passed on and utilized for the development of modern math. The tenth was lost for a very long time. It was rediscovered, however, in the 20th century. Now that the mathematics and scientific community have begun deciphering and translating its ragged pages, we have discovered that within it’s pages lies the beginnings of modern calculus. This, if discovered during the dark ages or even the renaissance, could have dramatically altered our existence because it held the key to nuclear weaponry. That’s right, the key to our modern warfare techniques that are quite devastating, even in this time, could have been available to ancient times.
Think about that while I go on. There is no other explanation other than God hid that book as to save humanity until the time was right for humans to discover it. God alone decides when the timing is right. This is His world and we are merely players on a stage. He is the deciding factor and He has a plan for all of us. God’s timing is perfect.
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be 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.
We must realize that we are not in control of this world. We must submit to the will of God. He has our best interest at heart and He will not forsake us or leave us. I know that in my life I have always struggled with this. I am extremely OCD and have control issues. I know this. I accept this about myself because it’s the way He made me and I am like no other. However, just because I have accepted this does not mean I am good at showing it and handing my story over to God. I have learned to write my story in pencil and give Him the whiteout because only He knows what is best for me and for the glory of His kingdom. We do have our own time in mind for how things should work out but His plan is so much better. If the ancient Greeks had their way and had found that one book, this world would not be the place that we call home today. Think about that.
We are finite creatures who cannot wrap our minds around the idea of infinity and eternity. We cannot even begin to imagine what He has planned for the world 2000 years from today and, honestly, we never will. All I know is that we need to give Him control and stop trying to play time keeper because before you know it, your time will be over. What will you have to show for it? Will it be a string of prayers begging God to synchronize His watch with yours? Or will it be a life full of glory to God. One that shows just how amazing He is and what He can do with your life if you just TRUST HIM.
So here is the challenge. Stop worrying about what will be or could be. Put the thoughts of “When will it be my turn?” or “This needs to happen now” behind you and give it all over to Him. I know it’s not easy and I struggle with it every day but it’s what we need to do. Afterall, we only have this one life. This one glorious life that He has so graciously given to us and only He knows our true potential.