A Waste of Time
Longing for the NEXT while forfeiting the NOW!
There have been many times that I longed for the end of a season. It wasn’t that I didn’t appreciate the gift of the season I was in, but when something was unpleasant, I looked ahead to when things would be different. I had no idea how quickly those moments would pass and a new season would begin. It never dawned on me that once that season was over, I couldn’t go back to relive it.
It takes weeks, months to prepare for Christmas. But once Christmas is over, winter weather drags on and I am longing for the budding of Spring flowers and warmer temperatures. When pregnant, I counted the days for the baby’s birth. It came, eventually! Loved those midnight feedings, but looked forward to a little more independence. It came! Loved having my kids at home but anticipated when they would all be in school and I could earn more to help provide for my family. That came soon enough as well. Couldn’t wait for the kids to get off from school for the summer… then couldn’t wait until school began in the fall. All of those anticipated events, dates, goals and hopes came and went. Looked forward to their weddings, the arrival of grandchildren and so, so much more. It has all come… and gone. The seasons of my life have passed by and now looking back, it went far quicker than I could have imagined but in keeping with what I had hoped for.
“…making the best use of the time.” Col. 4:5 ESV
Recently I was hoping for another season of my life to pass and God brought this verse to my attention. I stopped in my tracks and thought, “What about this season I am in right now should I be thankful for and make the most of the moment? Because I won’t be able to re-live it again.”
Your time is precious! Don’t waste it!
I am in predominantly good health. There are so many things I can enjoy right now because I am simply able to physically do them. I have the love of family and friends who want to plan times together. God has placed me where I am right now for ‘such a time as this’ doing what He has called me to do and making a difference in the lives of those He has placed in my care or under my leadership. I am so very fortunate to be exactly where I am!
What you do today will influence someone’s eternity!
Every day I have breath and life, I can live it as unto the Lord and make a difference in someone’s future. When waiting in line at the store, anxious for that to end, I can use those moments to encourage someone around me or just pray for others silently. Have you sat in heavy traffic and overheated emotionally? Perhaps it is time to take a deep breath and ask God, “How can I make the most of this delay?”
I will never forget my first and last boat cruise on the Mediterranean Sea, when a storm struck and the rocking and rolling left me seasick. Due to an open porthole, the entire contents of my suitcase flooded. The next morning, as the passengers loaded up on tourist buses to visit places where the Apostle Paul walked, I sat on deck with a bucket in my lap, wearing my mother’s clothes (no comment). Surely this was a waste of time! A young crew member sat next to me with the intention of finding out ‘what he could do for me’ and ended up praying to receive Christ into his life. No, it was not a waste of time!
“But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God… Be up and awake to what God is doing! …We can’t afford to waste a minute!” Romans 13:11-14 MSG
Are you in a season of your life you have been hoping would pass by quickly? We can all relate! But, let’s take a second look and ask God what does He have for us during this juncture that we shouldn’t pass by or miss? What can we be thankful for, even in the middle of a difficult circumstance? How can we make the most of this moment in time?
While you are longing for the NEXT don’t forfeit the NOW!
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus, sometimes we find ourselves in those seasons that are uncomfortable or last a very long time. We know that you understand the temptation of longing for change. But we ask your wisdom to find the value of our present and allow you to bring purpose to every day we are gifted. And when what we have longed for does come, help us to fully embrace that new season while it lasts.
About Ruth Puleo :
Ruth Puleo is an ordained minister, conference speaker, writer, mentor, and serves as the Women of Purpose Director for the Penn-Del District of the Assemblies of God. She passionately seeks to impact the lives of women and girls with courage and inspiration to follow God’s call on their lives. Ruth and her husband, John were called to pastoral ministry for 38 years while raising their three children. The ultimate blessing has been the gift of eight precious grandchildren.