DayBreaks for 09/26/13 – You Can’t Make Any More

DayBreaks for 09/26/13 – You Can’t Make Any More

What God has allowed scientists to discover and learn to do is incredible.  Think of all the advances in just the last 100 years: jet engines, all sorts of improvements in travel, rockets that have taken people to the moon – and back, satellites that have traversed the entire solar system and are well on their way out into deep space (but still telling us about their journey), the power of the atom, electricity, computers, artificial intelligence, artificial limbs, laser surgery, stents, by-passes, organ transplants…what a huge, long list it would be to try to list it all.  And that’s just in the past 100 years.

We’ve figured out how to generate larger harvests of food.  We’ve figured out how to make fresh water from salty water.  We’ve made drones the size of mosquitoes to spy on enemies.  We’ve made ships larger than the ancients could have ever imagined. 

It is amazing.  For some reason, today it really came home to me: there is one thing that you just can’t do: you cannot find a scientist anywhere in the world who can create one more second in a day, one more minute in a week, or one more hour in a lifetime.  Time is finite.  There is only so much of it each day no matter what you do.  Scientists can’t create time.  Politicians, in spite of their promises, can’t create it or legislate it.  Doctors can’t do it.  No one can.

We just don’t appreciate how valuable time is.  Sure, we pay a mechanic $70 an hour or so, a doctor or lawyer a lot more than that, but time itself is priceless. 

James 4:14 (NLT)  How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.

People, time is running out.  Your time.  My time.  Everyone’s time is running out.  And you just can’t make any more of it. 

Are you spending your time wisely?  Are you telling those you love about Jesus? 

PRAYER: We are so in denial about the brevity of our lives, Lord!  Awaken us, shake us out of our apathy and foolish denial so we can tend to the things and people in life that are truly important!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/20/12 – When the Mist Lifts

DayBreaks for 03/30/12 – When the Mist Lifts

Wait until the mist is gone...

 12 Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. – 1 Corinthians 13:12

There’s a very interesting story about how the news of the Battle of Waterloo finally got to England.  Back then there were no telephones, telegraphs or the like.  Any news about a battle fought in another country would take days to get back “home”.  In this specific case, the news was first sent by sailing ship to the southern coast of England and then was relayed by signal flags to the city of London.  When the report reached Winchester, the flags on the cathedral began to spell out the message, “Wellington defeated.”  However, before the message could be completed, a heavy fog rolled in making it impossible to see the flags, and the hearts of the people were filled with sadness and foreboding about the defeat.  But then, as the mist began to lift and visibility was re-gained, it became evident that the signals of the Winchester Cathedral had really spelled out this triumphant message. “Wellington defeated the enemy!”

I fear that far too often we let the future to be colored and obscured by what little we understand at the moment and it paralyzes us, casting us into gloom and despair.  We need to first of all realize that we only “get” part of the message, and we understand even less of it than we think we do.  Thank goodness, we don’t need to get all of it or have perfect understanding!

We also often find it very hard to trust God in the midst of transition, change and conflict. We need to throw ourselves with abandon into His hands, letting the change come, knowing that His plan for our life is absolutely perfect!  We may not see it because of the fog of the present, but the message of victory is clear…and certain.

PRAYER: Help us to face the future with great courage, courage born of knowing Who owns and directs the future in light of His character!  Don’t let us fall to the swirling mists of confusion that would rob us of our joy and confidence in Christ!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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