Getting anywhere on time has eaten away at my stomach more than regular acid indigestion ever could.
It’s a plainly-admitted fault. I look at my watch. I tell myself, “Just get this one more thing done and then you can leave.” By the time that one more thing is accomplished, I’ve cut it too close and I find myself racing downstairs, looking all over for my glasses or keys or running back up to third floor in a panic searching for my wallet or laptop culminating with watching the speedometer…
As it happened this one morning, I had to get to the office before the first appointment arrived because I had to open the door and I was running late. I pictured a poor senior citizen standing out in the rain waiting as I hurried past them fumbling with my keys and profusely apologizing for my irresponsibility.
On top of all of this, I got behind not-one-but-two school buses. I could just hear the senior say, “Sure, a school bus - a likely excuse.”
My face was getting flush with every flashing red light of each school bus. My car was standing still and so was I.
When I finally made it to the office, a strange site was before me. The office was indeed dark. But there was no one impatiently waiting to ball me out.
I put my keys in the door, turned on the lights and double-checked my calendar. The appointment was for 10 a.m. and not 9 a.m. as I supposed. I was actually nearly an hour early.
Like many things in my life, there was enough time for the work that was ahead of me and all of the worrying in the world didn’t give me “extra” time. But God did and does arrange for enough time to get everything done that needs to be done.
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: Our daily little worries are microcosms of our life. We try to control our schedules and responsibilities and that allows anxiety over a lifetime which effectively can shut down portals to heaven. God not only has the whole world in His hands, His forearm wears the watch that has the second hand that still gives us all of the time that He has pre-planned for our lives.
A person's days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed…all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be…There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
14:5 NIV, Psalm 139:16 NIV, Job Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV