Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The True Timekeeper: Reflections on Time Guest Post Series


Welcome to our new guest post series about "time."  
How do we use it? Misuse it?  Many of us spend so much time complaining we don't have enough of it, but how often are we grateful for what we actually have?  It is a gift we receive every day...a fresh allotment.  But how will we spend it?  And what values shape how we use it?  As we reflect, may there be space to consider how and where we spend our precious seconds of this gift.
I don’t wear a watch, but I usually know what time it is. I don’t like to be late and actually prefer to be a few minutes early.


I use an alarm to wake up most mornings these days and I show up when I need to be wherever I’m going. I show up to transport kids, for appointments and commitments, to meet a friend for lunch, and to watch a friend’s kid who is my kid’s friend. I run errands and take care of household chores. 
And I usually think I’m on time. 

But, really, I’m not actually in charge of my time. And I’m certainly not in charge of other people’s time even though I think I am and I’d like to be. 

It’s a good thing I know who is in charge of time, even when I’ve got the time wrong. Too often I rush the moment. Sometimes I wait until the last minute and have to hurry everyone along because I have a stubborn streak. And then stress escalates and time seems to speed up while others’ movements slow down.

But God’s time is perfect. He sees the whole timeline and doesn’t make mistakes with the seconds, minutes, days, weeks, months, and years. 
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his.He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others.He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.” {Daniel 2:20-23}
God’s got this. He’s mightier than the government that has shut itself down with inaction. He holds my kids and their moods and their growth in his hands. He reigns over my to-do list and all the minutes of my day. He gives dreams and convictions and life.

And he does it all at just the right time. His time.

I learned this most profoundly when I spent two years praying and trying to become pregnant. I was ready. My husband was beyond ready. I finally said it was time. God said wait.

As we waited, God worked.

In the time I was having vials of blood tested and we were visiting an infertility specialist, God was orchestrating a story that made me a momma in a way I never expected. We adopted newborn Cate less than nine months after we stopped trying to become pregnant. Like so many times in my life, I could see God move when I surrendered.

I still rush around more than I should, thinking I’m really in control of what I can accomplish. I get sucked into projects when it’s people I really need to see. But then I notice my daughter’s big, brown eyes and remember God’s got this life of mine in his hands.

It’s time – my own that really isn’t my own – that has convicted me of living more intentionally. I want to use my time in whatever ways God has planned for me. For me, that meant clearing off some tasks and commitments off my calendar because they weren’t best for me – at least not right now because of those big, brown eyes and the younger mischievous blue ones that joined our family when God’s time was right for our family to grow.

Time is about being intentional and attentive. Perhaps it’s just as well I don’t wear a watch because it would probably just distract me anyway.

Kristin Hill Taylor lives in Murray, Ky., with her husband, Greg, and two kids – 6-year-old Cate and 3-year-old Ben. She can often be found trying to beat her husband in Words with Friends, playing games of Settlers of Catan with her best friends, listening to her daughter’s stories, reminding her son to be careful, or texting her friends. She believes in taking road trips, living in community, and documenting real life. You can keep up with her at www.kristinhilltaylor.com or follow on her Twitter.

Linking with EmilyMichele and Women to Women today.

17 comments :

  1. Love this wisdom about God's timing. He works in ways we cannot fathom!

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    1. Isn't it great God manages to surprise us?! Thanks for reading, Courtney!

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  2. wow. talk about timing and a lesson in releasing control of it!

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    1. The hard part is continuing to release control ... day after day! :)

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  3. Hi Jen and Kristin, thank you for your post reminding us to use the time God blesses us with wisely.

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  4. Hi Kristin, what a beautiful symbol of God's gifts...9 months later! So thankful to be blessed by your story!

    Summer
    www.athirstforGod.com

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    1. Thanks, Summer! I'm glad God used my words to bless your day.

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  5. Hi Kristin! Lovely to see you here! Time is not my friend, I run out of it way too much :( I need structure and a schedule to keep me from getting behind and unfortunately I have neither! I'm usually late but hate having to wait for others, my life seems like one big contradiction :) I wish I could slow down time, cause doggone it, my kids are just growing up WAY TOO FAST.
    And is it really already Wednesday?? Where has this week gone?! I needed this reminder to be more intentional and use my time more wisely...great words.

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    1. Hey, Alecia! Being intentional with time is a lesson I learn over and over again. Perhaps I'm a tad stubborn that way ... :)

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  6. Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday!

    Jenifer

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  7. His timing is always perfect! Great post Kristin. Nice to see you here. Blessings to you.

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  8. Kristin: What an awesome reminder that, as you say,"God's got this." And, it's the second time today the word "surrender" has popped out at me. Good stuff :)

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    1. Thanks, Beth. I need reminders to surrender, so I'm glad is using the little bit I've learned. Good to see your face here, friend.

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  9. Wonderful thoughts and words of wisdom! I've learned not to wear my watch either, although that has gotten me into trouble at times. :) But truly, it's an offering up of that control. Well said.

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    1. Thanks, Theresa! Giving up control is something I'm always learning about. :)

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