How many of us, people of faith, find ourselves bound to time? Maybe you think you're too old to make changes to your life, or maybe you think you're too young to take the next big step in your life or perhaps you just don't feel like you're ready....
These are common anxieties to have and they're easy to get lost in. Often life comes to a halt because we're so fixated on second-guessing whether or not we're good enough/ready/old enough/young enough.
But God calls us by name out of these anxieties and tells us we are ready, we are good enough, we're not too old, too young - we're enough!
We can get so caught up in questioning if it is the right time... In scripture, we see how God calls and people and they have these same doubts. However, their lives are transformed when they stop focussing on the right time of the world and submit to eternity.
Sarah in Genesis 18 laughs because she thinks she's too old for what God had revealed to her and God responds by saying to Abraham,
Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
Jeremiah in verse 6 tells God he is too young to complete the task that has been put before him. But God responds in versus 7-8 and says,
“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the LORD.”
Jeremiah thinks he's too young and Sarah thinks she's too old... does this sound familiar?
In Matthew 14, Peter sees wind as he's walking on water, which makes him scared and begins to sink. He cries for help and Jesus asks him, "Why did you doubt?"
Christ knew Peter was ready but Peter didn't believe he was... does this sound familiar?
I read a post a few months ago that said God can see us doing the thing, even before we take the first step. He sees us for who we truly are, and constantly calls us by that. It is our choice whether or not we wish to respond to that call. So, instead of dwelling on these anxieties and being bound to time in the world - look toward eternity.
Turn to God. Ask God if this is His will for you. Trust in God. Ask God to be with you during the period of transition. Talk to God. Flowing dialogue is an essential part of any relationship, and a journey with God is no different.
In Proverbs 3:5-6 we are reminded:
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.
I pray that moving forward, I become a Proverbs 3:5-6 type of woman.