Read: “When There’s No Time for You and Your Needs,” Quiet Spaces: Prayer Interludes for Women, p. 89.
Do you live under the tyranny of time? Is each day carefully measured out in seconds, minutes, hours? In your rush-rush, do-do, hurry-hurry life, do you try to squeeze your long to-do list into the twenty-four hours at your disposal?
Time (or rather, lack of it) is a great source of worry and stress to many. For some reason, you may have the idea that there isn’t enough time to go around. Twenty-four hours a day are too few to do what needs to get done. Twenty-five or even twenty-six hours would do the trick. Maybe a forty-day month is the answer!
I wonder where we all got the idea that time was a finite quantity: that there is only so much of it, and there’s never enough of it to go around. How did we forget that God’s time is infinite? There is always the next second, the next minute, the next hour, the next day, the next millennium. Time is a divine gift–limitless and beyond counting.
When it is all said and done, the only time you have is the moment that you’re in. The past is gone; the future is unknown. A lot can happen between this moment and the next: a phone call could change your life; a heart attack could take it away. Just think about how much time we all spend worrying about the next moment, fussing over whether we can get our task done in the next fifteen minutes, fretting that we’re not prepared for the presentation tomorrow, thinking about the big birthday coming up next month, or the graduation next year. Think of all the moments we miss by doing this!
If you’re feeling anxious about time, take this moment—the one that you’re in now—and, instead of creating stress for yourself by worrying about your lack of time, ask God to give you the time you need. Limitless time is God’s gift. When you become mindful of this, you’ll be surprised to find that the time you need is suddenly there. It’s as if the clock has been slowed down or that the minutes stretch out before you.
What would happen if each morning when you wake up, your first thought is not of your to-do list, but of God’s unfailing love? What if you were to say this? Lord, I have a lot of things to do, but I’m not going to concern myself with how I will find time to do them. Instead, I’m going to give this day to you, knowing that you know my needs, and that your limitless time is sufficient for the day.