“Have you ever noticed that God rarely consults with us about our calendars? Nor does God send “save the date” notices. It’s as if God expects us to adjust our schedules at a moment’s notice to accommodate what he wants to do. (Just the time you plan a lovely Ash Wednesday service for God, he cancels it with a snowstorm and you have to change your plans.) God seems to work on God’s time, not ours. How rude. 

I suppose you could chalk it up to God’s strange sense of time. The bible says “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8). No wonder it seems like I am always waiting forever for God to do something or scrambling to catch up, because God has done something before I was ready. This is very inconvenient…who does God think he is?


That’s the point. God is God. Not us. And thank God for that. We don’t have to bear the burden of running the world. We don’t even have to bear the burden of running our own lives. We can let God be God.

Proverbs 16 reminds us: “We humans make plans, but the Lord has the final word.” (Proverbs 16:1 CEV). “We make our own plans, but the Lord decides where we will go.” (Proverbs 16:9). Or as the old Yiddish saying goes “Der mensch tracht, un Gott lacht,” meaning “man plans and God laughs.” God laughs–not to make fun of us, but because God already knows how he’s going to bless us. Like it says in Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” In God’s time the blessings will come.

Have a blessed week.
Pastor Mark