The Gift Of Time

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Romans 1:9-10a – God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times. (NIV)

Seven hours in a plane is too long a time for my body not to protest. By the time I'd sat there for a few hours, I found I was playing mental games just to keep myself from protesting vigorously about my cramped space. I started looking around trying to guess why each person was travelling. There was the family beside us, perhaps going to see waiting grandparents and introduce them to the new baby. Then there was the scientist ahead, poring over papers and charts. But the fortunate ones were the dozers: the hold-up-the-chin dozers, the head-back dozers, the drooling dozers, the nodding dozers, the folded-arms dozers, and the snoring dozers. How I wished I could have dozed too, but sleep evaded me. Wide awake, I used the time to talk to God and to pray for people on my prayer list, and when I had finished that, I started praying for those around me. As I closed my eyes and focused my thoughts to bow in God's presence, I became less restless. Time passed more quickly, and soon the journey was over.

When we find ourselves in confining situations, long line-ups, waits at the doctor's office, or seated on a bus, car, or plane, when we can't go about our usual activities, we can consider these times as bonus gifts — gifts of time — time when we can stop and talk to God and pray for those around us.

Prayer: Dear God, teach us to use each precious moment of each day wisely, as it is a gift from You. Amen.

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