January 2nd, '19
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the meantime..." (Luke 12:1)
The meantime can be a real "mean" time. People get
grouchy when they have to wait. Huddling a family of five together in a one
room motel while the flood-damaged New Orleans home is being repaired can
really try the nerves. And the meantime can be a real "lean" time. The
wilderness experience is that meantime between going out and coming in. Egypt
had leaks and onions, Canaan has milk and honey, but all we get is "manna,
manna, manna" out here in the desert. Quit complaining. Manna is angels' food.
The meantime can be a real "green" time. Learn the lessons of patience. Inmates
have earned doctor's degrees sitting behind cold steel bars. You have to make
that thirty minute commute every day anyway so why not listen to motivational
CDs in the meantime? There are some great audio-books on the market. Use the
schedule change to write those overdue letters or whatever. The meantime can be
a green time.
Notice, it was Jesus who faced the meantime. In
another text we see a pause in His schedule - "In the meanwhile his disciples
prayed him, saying, Master eat" (John 4:31). Yea, you might slow down long
enough to at least have a sandwich. Jesus wasn't on go every moment of His
life. There is time to pause along the cause.
The meantime only becomes our enemy when
anticipation turns into anxiety. Don't fear, God's business is still on
schedule. Don't rush, for all things work together for good to those subject to
His purpose. Don't tire just because weeks have turned into years. In the
meantime we are to trust, not rust or bust. "For you have need of patience, that,
after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise" (Hebrews
10:36). As said so many times before, His delays are not necessarily His
denials. When what you want so desperately has been put on hold then turn the
meantime into a "clean" time. Search your heart...examine your motives...do the
only thing you can do, wait and believe.
Moses spoke of seedtime and harvest (Genesis
8:22). Pastor Silcox broke that into three separate time factors: seed, time
and harvest. "Time" is what goes on between planting and plucking. The
"husbandman waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and has long patience
for it..." (James 5:7) Seed (long pause), time (longer pause), and harvest.
Between those two poles is a giant meantime. For microwave popcorn that process
takes about three minutes. In a cornfield it lasts about four months. In a
human pregnancy, nine. For Jacob and Rachel, it took seven years to get
together. As to "overnight success", it takes about twenty years. Sometimes it
appears the lean time will last forever but God is the great Intervener. Israel
had been enslaved in Egypt over four-hundred years. In the meantime they
prayed...and prayed...and prayed. The biggest mistake you or I can make is to zone
out on living, or on loving, just because the present seems idle instead of
ideal. There is a meanwhile existence somewhere between yesterday and tomorrow
that is called today. Choose to enjoy it and employ it because your coming
"dream" time will be the harvest of what you did with the meantime.