I’m just stopping in the shadows of Castle Craggs to eat a late lunch, read a bit, and write a blog post. Here’s what’s on my mind. We accept that God knows things we don’t know. And we wish to do his will. But practically, we make ourselves so busy that when opportunity to do his will arises, we always have other things to do. But God knows his will, and most of it is stuff I don’t know about yet. So I can’t plan it out and I can’t put it in my calendar. But I still have to leave room for it to get done.
The mom with the broken down car beside the road and the two kids in the backseat could probably use some help. But I’ve got places to go and I’m already running late.
The Lord says if a man asks of me, I should give. And that if I give someone water in his name I’ve given it to him. (Matthew 25:35-40) But every time somebody asks me for something like a cup of cold water, there is no time to slow down and talk to them, treat them like a human being, much less give them what they’ve asked.
If I want to obey what Jesus has told me to do, I can’t pack my calendar so tight there’s no room for it. I need to leave the corners of my field un-harvested, Leviticus 23:22, so that those in need can gather a little here and there. If the first fruits of my time are going to be God’s, then I have to make sure they’re not already spoken for when the time comes to give.
This doesn’t mean I can’t get anything done, but it does mean I’m going to have to slow down. I’m going to have to put some padding around the edges of some of my calendar items and give God the opportunity to use them as he says he will. Because until I start taking God seriously about things like this, the old quotation of G. K. Chesterton will be true about my experience of Christianity. “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”
If I slow down a little and do this, I might be surprised what God does with the time that I’m giving him. And as I do it, I might also be happier with the life that I’m leading. Because it is the life we were designed for.