Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Praise The Saviour Ye Who Know Him"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 31:15a – My times are in Your hands. (NIV)
Suddenly, without warning, many of us have been given a gift — a gift of time. If we live in an area that has placed us under stay-at-home orders, we may now find ourselves with unexpected time on our hands. A month ago, we were likely living our normal hectic life, looking forward to a quiet weekend or an upcoming vacation. Now life as we knew it has ground to a halt. Many, of course, such as health care providers, are in crucial positions and must continue their work at a relentless pace. Others are working from home or caring for children who can no longer participate in their normal activities. My life as a retiree, though normally quite flexible, has taken on a very different flavour.
During our normally busy times, we may often wish for some extra free time. We may have a list of unfinished projects, but no time to complete them. Now that our wish for more time has been granted, we have the choice of using it wisely and well or of squandering it. How might we consider using this time in the best way?
To use this gift of time to its greatest advantage, I need to give it some careful thought. It would be all too easy to simply wake up each morning and then simply fritter my day away, randomly dabbling at this and that as I putter around the house. I don't want to come to the end of this mandatory seclusion, however, and look back to see that this time has been wasted. Instead, I need to think ahead and plan some tasks and goals that I'd like to accomplish. I certainly can work toward tidying my house and even doing some deep cleaning and decluttering. I can stay in touch with friends through telephone, texting, and email. I can catch up on correspondence and paperwork. I can read some of the many unread books that I have on my bookshelf. A primary goal could be to spend some additional time in reading my Bible and praying, which will draw me closer to God in spirit. As I pray for others, my thoughts will draw me closer to them.
Most of all, even in this time of disruption, I can maintain some degree of regular routine — though it may be slightly different and at a different pace. I can ask God for wisdom in ordering my day, and then continue on by simply taking the next step, and the next step …
Colossians 3:23a – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord. (NIV)
Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, You see and know what our circumstances here on earth are today. Despite the disruption in our daily life, may we seek to please and honour You as we faithfully use the time that You have given us. Amen.