”WAIT PATIENTLY WITH ME while I bless you.
Don’t rush into My Presence with time-consciousness
gnawing at your mind. I dwell in timelessness: I am, I
was, I will always be. For you, time is a protection;
you’re a frail creature who can handle only
twenty-four hour segments of life…
… Though you are a time-bound creature, seek to
meet Me in timelessness. As you focus on My
Presence, the demands of time and tasks will diminish.
I will bless you and keep you, making My Face shine
upon you graciously, giving you Peace.”
(from: Jesus Calling – Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young)
This was the daily devotion I opened to while I waited for my appointment at Chista’s, my Chiropractor’s, office this afternoon. I had just spent two hours washing pots and pans which were used two days prior to serve the homeless and hungry on the streets. I was a day late in washing up, but it didn’t matter. It was okay. I didn’t have to hurry because everything was stored in my car.
Most of my Monday was spent sleeping. I was awake for a few hours, but before I knew it, my eyes started to droop and I drifted off into deep slumber for another 3 hours. My body ached and I was tired. I asked our Father if I had to get up and I sensed Him say, “rest” and rest I did.
Didn’t Sarah Young write “For you, time is a protection; you’re a frail creature who can handle only twenty-four hour segments of life.”?
Without realizing it, our Father had protected me. Extreme fatigue had hit hard by the time I returned back to the parish kitchen. Rather than bringing the serving trays and pots down, I bundled up what was left in the kitchen and I brought them to the “sanctuary” of my car. Wiping down the kitchen didn’t take long and the kitchen was ready for the school’s use the following day.
Why I didn’t consider doing this before continues to puzzle me, but as I began to clean up this morning, I realized how God’s grace was so perfectly sufficient for me. The cleaning up process wasn’t in my time, but it was in His time. When I cleaned up in His time, I received His grace and new stamina!
Surprisingly, as I washed this morning, I was in good spirits. I praised God in song as I scraped and scrubbed, chuckling while I wondered whether I was the only one who could burn soup while reheating it. Washing up no longer became a dreaded chore, but it became a contemplative process.
There was a hiccup in the cleaning protocol the previous month. Although a group had so generously washed up what we had left behind, the washing of the serving trays and pots after the meal service didn’t get completed in a timely matter. Because the school used the kitchen the following day, problems arose. Sparks flew and for a while there, the kitchen was no longer available. Msgr. Greg took the problem as an opportunity to address that the ministry could no longer be tackled by one, but it required the help of many. I must confess I saw the situation in a negative light, but God sent friends bearing His wisdom. Mylene helped me grasp that Msgr was only concerned for my well-being while Adriana reminded me that Msgr. had intended to propose to take on the meal outreach as a Parish ministry. Funny (in an odd way) that both Msgr and I had forgotten the latter.
How the Parish Council will vote on this matter is no longer my problem. I am not sure why, but I am at peace. I had written a dear friend prior to Sunday, stipulating that I would enter God’s rest and wait on Him. I believe that is the reason for His peace.
How I randomly came across Sarah Young’s devotion that was dated for June 21st appears to be a human mystery, but to me, it is merely another of God’s perfect timing. He makes ALL things beautiful IN HIS TIME. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Thank You Lord!
Melissa – February 2, 2016
p.s. – the Scripture readings for Sarah Young’s June 21st devotion are
Micah 7:7 – But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.
Revelations 1:8 – “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Numbers 6:24-26 – The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.
In His Time (by Diana Ball)
In His time, in His time.
He makes all things beautiful in His time.
Lord please show me every day
as You’re teaching me Your way.
That You do just what You say, in Your time.