HOW CAN WE MAKE TIME STAND STILL?
So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on[a] its enemies,as it is written in the Book of Jashar.The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.14 There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel! Joshua 10:13-14
Time is of the essence is it not? We look into our lives and I have caught myself saying so many times if I just had more time... if I just had another hour, day, week, etc... But it really does not matter how much time that we truly have, we would find a way to push something into the schedule and find ourselves right back where we started. As I continue to watch my daughters grow up, I wake up every day and ask God please make the time slow down. I remember when they were babies and were dependent on us for everything. Then you blink and they are walking and talking and eventually going to their rooms into their own world. They have started created their own persona and continuing to discover new ways to do things without our help at all. And this is just ONE example of how I wish we could make time stand still. Another example would be the years leading up to the death of father. I would love to stop and sit down and talk to him for hours and listen to the advice that I need today but thought I could handle when he was alive. Please God, let time stand still.
But the reality is that we are definitely not in control of time. Regardless if we believe in Marvel's Dr. Strange being able to bend time, it is just not possible for us. So we take the time that we have and we have to stop what we are doing and stand still. We have to make a conscience decision to be in AWE of what God is doing in and around our lives. We have to realize that even though God did listened to Joshua and held the sun in its' place, we have to take advantage of every second that we have in this world. Sometimes we truly struggle
to see how time limits can effect our relationships with each other. For example, if we spend too much time together it feels as though we are being smothered, and if we don't spend enough time together it feels as if we are not wanted. There is a very thin line when it comes
to the quality amount of time that we need to build connection. But one thing is for certain, we do need time to connect. Speaking to pediatric NICU nurses, one of the most valuable times the day is when they have a baby in their unit and the parents come in and just spend time touching and connecting with their child. When we feel as though we are a part of a connection, our body responds in a positive way. If we fail to get that connection, some results have been that we will shut down and possibly die. Makes time seem a little more important.
As we look at the scenario in today's scripture, yes we realize that God's people were in a battle and Joshua was asking God to show favor to His people. We see that the sun stayed in the sky and allowed them to be victorious in their battle. Yes, this was the one time that we find in scripture where God listened to man and recognized the importance of a request for time. Now, understand we live in a time where God is very patient with His time. Remember at any moment God can declare that it is done and it would be done. But we are literally living on borrowed time. Every day of our lives is one day closer to God's return and the end of life as we know it. We are given a precious gift every day, and from God's perspective, time is still standing still. God is outside of time and is able to see everything from beginning to end. When scripture says that He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, we realize that God is not defined by time but is in full control of every second. I know that may be a hard concept to understand today, but I just need you to realize that God does stand outside of the space time continuum, and He doesn't need 1.21 GW to send Marty McFly back in time. Sorry for the Back to the Future reference, but I need you to realize that we have been doing everything we can to try to figure out time except living into the moments that God has given us.
A few years ago, I remember that the world once again stood still at the sight of the great eclipse. You remember that time. School let out...many people took the day off and traveled to certain locations so that they could be in the best location to get the full effects of the eclipse. They were willing to calculate and plan to try and take advantage of the exact moment that the eclipse would occur in the middle of the day and it would seem as we would be in somewhat darkness. Or I have also watched people make plans to do everything that they can to see the International Space Station float by or watch Haley's Commit, or even make sure they were in the right place for a meteor shower. See, we do have time. We are able to make time stand still in our minds, but it is only for the things that we deem the most important things in the world to us. And for some of us it is only important on that one day. Please hear me.... I am not saying not to plan, but what I am saying is make the most of
EVERY DAY. None of us know when our last day will be or when our last goodbye or I LOVE YOU may be the last time we hear or see a person. TIME IS IMPORTANT, and we have to take every chance that we have to share the GOSPEL to everyone we meet. I mean even Jesus desired to have more time, but knew that God was in control of that part of our lives. I try to live in such a way that if I only had TODAY... how would I live my life differently. Would I go around trying to do all of the things I have always wanted to do? Would I spend time just with my family? Would I spend my day in the presence of God on my knees and asking for forgiveness? Would I try to right all the wrongs that I have done and mend the broken relationships in my life? Would I try to finish my bucket list? Or... Would I live my life like every other day and realize that my last day is just as important as every other day that has come before? These are questions that we ALL have to battle with, but one thing and only one thing is certain for today, WE have been given TODAY. Time is running out. Don't Waste a SINGLE moment!