My girlfriend and I were bemoaning another school project assignment. The papers came home in the backpacks, encouraging families to create a masterpiece together out of household items — pasta, glitter, googly eyes, cereal. It should have been a fun adventure in teamwork. But, as experienced moms, we knew there was a good chance it wouldn’t be. There would likely be creative differences resulting in tears. Our kids might even cry, too.
It didn’t help that it was a busy week in life. Lots of recitals and games to attend, activities at church and deadlines for work. (Didn’t the first grade teachers have a copy of our schedules? Seriously!) So, by the time the family project assignments landed on our counters, our authentic response was, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
Ain’t nobody got time for that. It’s a funny, popular statement, but its meaning goes far beyond the rejected task at hand.
Time has become our most precious commodity. We swing between spreading it out too thin to doling it out like precious gold. We know that we should use our minutes wisely, so when an opportunity comes along that will take time, we evaluate it. Do I have time for this? Do I have time for that? Yes, I do. No, I do not.
But, what if there was more than enough to accomplish every task, every relationship, and every journey God intends for you? There is.
God knows our every moment. He is aware of all 24 hours in our day and 168 hours in our week. And He has perfect plans for each one of them.
I used to get discouraged when my to-do list wasn’t finished by the end of the day. I concluded that I hadn’t used my time wisely, because my list didn’t get done. But then God challenged my thinking by asking, “If you are walking with me step-by-step throughout your day, following my leading moment-by-moment, isn’t that accomplishing MY to-do list?”
So, if I run into a friend at the grocery store, resulting in a heartfelt talk, but I consequently don’t make it to the post office, is that a productive afternoon? Or when a traffic jam causes me to miss my meeting, but I got to listen to all of an encouraging podcast, was that a good use of time?
Proverbs 16:9 says:
“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
If we walk by the Spirit throughout our day, we can experience God’s plans for our time.
We accomplish His tasks, His ideas, His hopes. And, in doing so, we can find great satisfaction at the end of the day. Even more satisfaction than a crossed-off to-do list.
Oh, the bills might still need to be paid and the laundry put away. But, we find joy in knowing there’s exactly enough time every day to accomplish God’s will. There is time to be alone and time for friends. Time for tasks and time for rest. There is time for groceries and work and play and naps. There’s even time for family school projects involving glue, glitter, and googly eyes.
Turns out, walking by the Spirit, you do have time for that.