There are two times a year that we switch the time on our clocks, and this past Sunday was one of them. Unfortunately, this is the one time most people don’t enjoy. Why? Because we have to turn our clocks forward which causes us to lose one hour. But is it really a loss?
I must admit, somewhere around 2 or 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon I was feeling really sluggish. I came home from church and laid down before I even started cooking. I thought to myself, why am I so tired? Then I remembered the time change. As I laid there I started reflecting on the way we often perceive “change” in life. I tend to always see spiritual lessons in natural examples so this was no different. When God shuts doors, when His answer is no, when He takes/removes things or allows people to walk away we initially see these as loss. Our thoughts become driven by our emotions and all we can see is the negative side of it because of how it makes us feel. The idea of change is overwhelming because it alters what has become comfortable and safe for us. It also puts us in an uncertain place where we don’t have control. But I’ve learned a valuable lesson over the years that I try to keep in mind any time I encounter change or face a situation where I feel like I’m losing, and that lesson is, “There are no loss when you are in Christ.” Think about that!! Nothing that is taken away from you or that you are denied of is a loss if your life is in the hand of the One who created you and time.
To trust God is to know He only wants the best for us. Not only does He want the best for us but He also designed the best in the blueprint of our lives. He tells us in Psalms 84:11 “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” So if you are walking upright before Him then He will never take away anything that you need to do and be who He’s called you to be. He also tells us in 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” If it’s His desire to see us prosper and be in good health why then we must believe that He would not allow anything that contradicts that.
It’s T time! So let’s talk about it….
The ultimate loss was Jesus dying on the cross and giving up His life for you and I. However, that loss brought about the greatest gain. So much so that we are still talking about it over 2,000 years later. So what does this mean for us who have said yes to living a life that models the life of Jesus Christ? It means that unless what is not needed in our lives is taken away or removed, we will never get to experience the beauty and life that comes from what had to die. Also, those that we have been placed here to be a witness to will never get to see the hand of Christ in our lives and how He comes through when all else has failed. Live life knowing If God takes it away then you didn’t need it. Just like the hour we feel we lost on Sunday. We may have lost that one, but we were still afforded 23 more that we had to do what we wanted with. So see the blessing in what you’ve lost. It didn’t kill you and it didn’t stop you. Keep moving forward and maximize the time that you have.
T’s truth in love…. <3