Rushing around smartly is no proof of accomplishing much. *
Jesus is the perfect example of overcoming time and stress. He was in some pretty stressful situations but he never caved in to pressure, never doubted his Father’s Kingdom. He knew God’s law was lovingly reigning over all and could reverse the material view that said it wasn’t.
Jesus was asked to go heal Jairus’ daughter but on the way he’s stopped by another situation. It’s a woman who was in physical need and was healed when she touched him. He even took the time to comfort this woman to let her know that her faith in God healed her.
Well, now he gets the “too late” message: the girl whom he had agreed to go heal is now dead. Jesus was too late! He missed the window of opportunity. Haven’t we all heard a message like that before? You missed the deadline! What were you thinking! You berate yourself: I’m such an idiot!
Well, that’s not what Jesus did or thought! He knew God was all powerful. He knew there was no “too late” or “too hard” or “impossible” with God.
The end of the story is that he goes to the home of the girl and heals her — she is alive and well. (See Mark 5).
Looks like God had everything under control the whole time! Even when the people didn’t believe it and couldn’t see it.
How often do we believe that we only have just a quick time to obtain something good — that there’s a narrow window of opportunity; and even that we have to experience as much as we can before our time is up! Wow, this proverbial clock would have us running and rushing around and missing the glory and joy of God’s forever Kingdom!
There was one week in my spiritual practice where I really focused on God being the law and order that is governing everything. I thought about a divine Principle governing my experience and placing me where I needed to be at the perfect time. It was awesome! It was at a time when I had an hour-long commute to and from the city for work. I found that praying with these ideas helped me to arrive exactly when I needed to. It even helped me to find parking in my overcrowded neighborhood — arriving at the perfect time when someone was pulling out of a spot (at a time when parking could take a half hour or more to find). I was just in awe of God’s goodness and I learned so much that week about how God governs every facet of our experience. We see this when we humbly and prayerfully express Him/Her!
Jesus wasn’t stressed out and we don’t need to be either. We can experience God’s harmonious control governing every avenue of being for good.
*Mary Baker Eddy, Improve Your Time (article), Miscellaneous Writings
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This is so helpful! I love the ideas and the practical application. A real living prayer. Thank you for sharing.
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Thanks, John! 🙂