“It’s not going to happen overnight…” This simple phrase is used on a very regular basis in our home. In fact, I am convinced Trey created this saying. Can I just be honest for a minute? I wish some things did happen overnight. I wish when I went to bed with a messy house, the house would decide to clean itself overnight. I wish as we continue to improve in our second language, a quick nights rest would allow me to wake up to speaking Creole fluently (minus the KY accent). I wish I could do an afternoon of exercise, and wake up with toned arms and a marathon ready body. I wish when a trip is planned, the next day it would be time to go on the trip! Let’s face it, we live in a world where nothing happens overnight.
Everything takes time. Throughout Scripture we are able to see how different our view of time is compared to the Lords. 2 Peter 3 teaches “with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day.” We are told to number our days and make the most of them, for indeed they are passing quickly. I wonder, if I allowed my perspective to shift for a moment, what could I learn if I saw things from my heavenly Fathers viewpoint?
How often does he say to me, “My dear child, you have no idea how quickly things are actually happening! One or two years of your life is so incredibly small compared to my plans for eternity.”
Is what feels slow and drawn out to me, truly lightning speed in the eyes of my Father?
It is crucial that we make the most of our time, no matter how fast or slow it seems to be going. Often, my frustration over a lack of “overnight” change causes me to miss the joys of waiting and simply being. The Lord could have begun and completed His plan for His people “overnight”, but He didn’t.
Instead, we have been given hours, days, weeks, and years. Time to endure and persevere. Time to delight in Him and bring glory to His name. Time to be His children and rest in that alone instead of longing for time to change. It is shocking for me to think today marks our 2 year anniversary of living in Haiti.
My mind is blown by the fact that we will welcome our son into the world in less than 4 months. I am amazed my college years are now simply a memory. When we stop to look at key events and memories in our lives, it is then that it seems like it was just yesterday!
Perhaps it was simply “yesterday” when we look through the lens of eternity. In the moment, nothing seems to happen overnight. But, when we stop to examine, we can’t slow time down enough. Are you staring at the clock longing for the minutes to just pass on by? Or, are you holding tight to the reins and longing to slow time down for just a minute? Don’t miss it, this is the time and day the Lord has chosen you to be a part of, fast or slow, thank Him for it and delight in His time.