Well Said, Mr. Batterson.

I had to repost this from Mark Batterson’s blog. I can’t take any credit at all for it, and I’m simply copying and pasting what he wrote because I just think it’s that good. It looks long but it won’t take you more than five minutes to read. Promise. Read it. It’s good stuff.

Trust His Timing

Time is relative.

What I mean by that is this: the way we experience it is subjective. It depends on what you’re doing. Ever been on a date with someone you love? Time flies. Ever been on a date with someone you didn’t like? Speed dating isn’t fast enough.

The way we experience time also depends on how old we are. If you’re six years-old, summer break is 4% of you life. If you’re twenty-five, it’s 1%. If you’re fifty, it’s .5%. The older you get, the faster time seems to fly because relatively speaking it becomes a smaller and smaller fraction of your life! By the way, that is why when you were a kid, a two-hour trip in the car seemed like an eternitybecause relatively speaking, it was much longer for you than the adult who was driving!

So what?

Well, I think most of us have a hard time handling a bad day. We have a very low threshold for circumstantial uncertainty or spiritual discontinuity. We need answers. And we need them now. I would suggest that we need some biblical perspective. When we look at our lives through the lens of Scripture, our perspective on time changes.

We have a hard waiting for God to fulfill His promise. But what about Abraham and Sarah? They had to wait 15 years before Isaac was born. We have a hard time suffering for a season. But what about the invalid in John 5 who was in that condition for 38 years. And that’s when the average lifespan was 20-30. We have a hard time waiting for God to make sense of our circumstances. But what about Joseph? He was a slave and a prisoner for 17 years before becoming Prime Minister of Egypt. Or Moses? He was a fugitive for40 years! And we have a hard time waiting to fulfill our calling. But even Jesus didn’t transition from carpentry to ministry til he was 30.

We need to zoom out and get some biblical perspective. We think in days. But we might need to think in years. Here’s what I know for sure: those that God wants to use the most have to go through the longest season of preparation. You might have to struggle a little bit longer so you can learn some more lessons or develop some more character. You might need to suffer a little bit longer so God can reveal a little bit more of His glory in your life! 

What I’m getting at is this: trust His timing. He is never early. He is never late. As we grow spiritually, I think we take a different perspective on time. It’s less about chronos–time. It’s more aboutkairos–timing. And for the record, He is far more concerned aboutwho you’re becoming in the process than when you arrive at your destination. Maybe you need to quit praying for deliverance andstart praying for revelation. 

One last thought from Acts 1: “You don’t get to the know the time.Timing is the Father’s business.”

Not much has changed has it?

Written by Mark Batterson on Evotional.com


3 Responses to “Well Said, Mr. Batterson.”

  1. Mom Says:

    My calendar verse for yesterday was

    Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
    NRSV Proverbs 16:3

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