Every year, when the time changes, my internal clock gets messed up. The evenings are especially hard, it gets dark so early! It is disconcerting not to be able to trust what I feel and have to rely on a clock to tell me the correct time.
As I talked to Steve about how uncomfortable it was not to be able to rely on myself to have that sense of time, I felt Holy Spirit say " that is what walking by faith and not by sight is like." What I was feeling to be true was not. Something similar happen last time we went to visit Steve's brother. I insisted we were not going north and we needed to be. Steve laughingly assured me we were going the right direction. Even though I was following the route on the IPad, it didn't feel like I was going in the right direction. Have you ever felt like that?
I looked up this passage in 2 Corinthians 5:7 and found that it was talking about the promise of our new body. Does anybody relate to this?
"For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven—God-made, not handmade—and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move—and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less." 2 Corinthians 5:1-5
When I read this passage in the Message Bible, it stated exactly what I was feeling. My frustration is not that I want to move to Heaven, but I want to see more Heaven on earth. Matthew 6:10 "Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." I want to see the kingdom working in my life and yours. All that the Bible promises us, operating as it says it will. These promises are for our life on earth now!
And that is where walking by faith and not by our sight or feelings come in. His word is our clock and compass. The time may feel right to me and the way correct, but depending on my sight and feelings alone, I'll be lost and out of His timing. Learning to walk by faith and not trusting our circumstances as being the truth is a lifelong journey. This walk is not always a comfortable one. Sometimes my internal clock says it is supper time and I have to tell myself the clock says not yet. My internal compass screams "your going the wrong way!" and I have to rely on the directions I've been given. My human nature wants to rely on my sight and feelings, but I'm finally learning to let God's word be my guide and listen to the Holy Spirit as he directs me.
" That’s why we live with such good cheer. You won’t see us drooping our heads or dragging our feet! Cramped conditions here don’t get us down. They only remind us of the spacious living conditions ahead. It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going. Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us?"
So each day I have a choice to make. Are the ruts in the road or rocks in my path going to stop my faith in His will being done in my life on earth as it is in heaven? Or will I count it all joy?
" My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested ( when faith passes the test.) it stirs up power within you to endure all things. And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking." James 1:2-4TPT
Nothing missing and nothing lacking-that is His will be done on earth as it is in heaven! And that is my goal and prayer for us all!
How is the time change affecting you? Steve and I had supper at 3:30 yesterday, and I was concerned about him staying up so late- but it was only 7! Given time, my body will get used to it; daylight savings time will kick in again and I'll have another reminder of relying on my faith in God and not my own feelings.
For now, I'll have another cup of coffee and Count it all Joy! Falling back means more morning coffee time!