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A Lesson to be Learned from Daylight Savings Time

Jodee Schrlau encouragement

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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 that I couldn't rely on my internal time clock, I felt Holy Spirit say that is what walking by faith and not by sight is like. 

Something similar happened 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 in 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?

God's word is our clock and compass. The time may feel right to me and the direction correct. But depending on my sight and feelings alone, I could be lost and out of His timing. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

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, you're 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?" 

Each day we have to make a choice. Are the ruts in the road or rocks in our path, going to stop our faith in His promises? Or will we choose to trust in His timing and directions? 

" 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.

So for now I'll enjoy another cup of coffee and more time with the Lord that this extra morning hours give me.



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