Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #39

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“But I trust in you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands;”
Psalm 31:14-15a (NIV)

At 2:10 in the morning on October 26, 1917, Bolsheviks broke into the Hermitage in St. Petersburg Russia and arrested 13 members of the democratically elected Provisional Government. The Bolshevik Revolution was underway, and the world would never be the same again. At that moment, in protest against the Bolsheviks, someone stopped the mantel clock and it remained stuck at that moment for 100 years. Finally, in an effort to put the Soviet past behind them, the Hermitage Museum director wound the clock for the first time in exactly a century. Time, once again, marches on.

Time is an interesting concept. We mark our lives by it. We speak about it often – time flies, we race against time, we have a whale of a time, and quite a time. We mark our lives by the times in which we live and we pass away when our time is up.

We think a lot more about time at this time of the year – particularly as we wrap up the year 2020. Most people will be more than happy to see this year pass away. But it is a good time to ponder the truth of Psalm 31:14-15a: “But I trust in you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands;”

When we trust in the Lord we have the assurance that our times are in His hands. He has a perfect plan for our lives. We are not a product of chance and the events of our lives don’t just happen by accident. God has placed us in the world right now and for a purpose. He will work out His purpose for us perfectly as we trust Him.

No one, a year ago, could have possibly predicted what this past year was going to bring. In the same way, there is no one who can predict what 2021 holds for us. But we do know who holds us, no matter what the next year will bring. Every moment of every day is in God’s hands and that brings us peace, no matter what the world throws our way.

We do best when we trust not only God’s plan for our lives, but God’s timing as well. Too often we invite the Lord to work out His plan for our lives but when things don’t work according to our timetable, we get impatient. As His children we need to not only trust His plan, but His timing as well.

God who created time is outside of time. He is already in 2021, going ahead of us. We have the confidence that nothing that will come our way will surprise Him. As you look towards the new year, may the peace of Christ fill your heart and mind. If you have put your trust in Him, He is your God, and you can proclaim as the Psalmist did “my times are in your hands.”

I’m Bob Beasley, and these have been words from the heart.