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Chasing the White Rabbit: Our Struggle with Time

Right here and right now! That is the attitude of most people that live in the modern world today. We have been blessed with many great inventions that have made the idea of waiting passé and almost more appropriately stated, fictional. We do not have to wait on our meals due to the greatness of fast food chains not to mention the beauty of the microwave.

Although our modern conveniences have made life in effect ‘more convenient’ they have also robbed us of our patience and our ability to wait.

Alice in Wonderland. The attitude of the White Rabbit. We all know the story. Alice sees a little white rabbit running nervously, rushing to get somewhere. “I’m late!” He cries out over and over again as he rushes to get to the tea party of the Mad Hatter.

How many of us have rushed to do or get something or get somewhere that was steeped in madness? Our Heavenly Father makes a prophecy over our lives and even though we need to walk in faith and do what He instructs us to do in order to go where He has promised i.e our promised land, we certainly do not need to rush.

Sometimes the time that seems to lag on is necessary. Sometimes He wants us to develop certain qualities of character that will help us stay rooted in the promises that He has given us. Proverbs speaks to this truth. If we go into battle without ammunition we will ultimately lose, we have missed our goal.

“To act without knowing how you function is not good and if you rush ahead you will miss your goal.” ~PROVERBS 19:2 CJB

Sometimes our Lord Jesus has us wait so that He can deal with things that are going on in our lives where we stand, remove certain obstacles out of our way to where we are going, and bless us with what we need to survive once we get where He has destined for us to go.

“Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him.  Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward, they shall come out with great possessions.  Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age.  But in the fourth generation, they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.” ~GENESIS 15:12-16 NKJV

In these verses we see our Lord do all of those things; He deals with the cruelty of the Egyptians toward Israel, He blesses Israel with great wealth once they leave Egypt, and He gives time for the Emori people to get to a place of such distance from Him in paganism and sinful living that He has cause to destroy them from the Holy Land, and give it to a people devoted to Him.

I recognize that we all still struggle with walking in His time and not running and rushing but what does Isaiah 5:18-19 say in regard to this—our rushing of the Lord?

“Woe to those who begin by pulling at transgression with a thread. But end by dragging sin along as if with a cart rope. They say, “We want God to speed up His work, to hurry it along, so we can see it! We want the Holy One of Israel’s plan to come true right now, so we can be sure of it!” ~ISAIAH 5:18-19 CJB

He is saying it is a bad thing to be so anxious and in so doing, fall into sin by trying to rush His hand. At first, you start off with doing it only a little, kind of like when your underpants have a hanging string, and then you keep pulling and pulling at the thing until your underpants have completely fallen off of you leaving you bear!

Our unbelief strips us and leaves us uncovered. A small transgression anxious desire converts into a heavy dangerous sin of unbelief and lack of faith. We will only believe if we can see.

This is not at all what the Lord wants for us! The Lord wants us to trust Him. He wants us to not be anxious about anything but give Him thanks for everything. (PHILIPPIANS 4:4-9) He wants us to rest in His faithfulness as He reveals to us the fullness of the story He has written for our lives. (MATTHEW 6:25-34)

Ecclesiastes 7:8 assures us that everything has its appointed time and that it is better to be patient and wait on Christ Jesus because the end of something is better than the beginning.

Even the coming of our Lord Jesus was for an appointed time, a right time, and you better believe it took time, but it was oh so worth it! (GALATIANS 4:4, ROMANS 5:6)

I mean, let’s be honest, when in the bible do we ever see Him rush/run anywhere? We never see Christ Jesus rush or run anywhere but He was always on time. The only mention of the Father rushing and running was in the story of the Prodigal Son when the Father is running to welcome us into His blessing and redemption! (LUKE 15:11-32)

This holds true today in our lives. Christ Jesus is the Architect of our destinies. He knows what time it is and He knows what He is doing. He can be trusted so as He walks and takes His time we need to be patient and trust His timing no matter what the world says.

So with all of that said what is the current situation of most of the situations that He comes to in the gospels?  (Usually dead or near death—hopeless) But if we look ahead we see that He always showed up and when He did He brought life and hope with Him to show the world and those who believe in Him and those that would that HE IS!

TRUTHS TO REMEMBER WHILE YOU WALK AND WAIT

(Isaiah 40:29-31) Those who wait will soar and be invigorated!

(Romans 12:12) Rejoice in your hope be patient in your troubles and continue steadfastly in prayer.

(James 5:7) Be patient even as the farmer is patient. He plants and in due time he reaps a great harvest.

(Lamentations 3:25 (21-24)) We must remember that He is faithful and compassionate and that it is good to put our hope in Him no matter how long things may be taking. He is good to those who are waiting on Him and seeking Him out.

(Galatians 5:19-23) While we wait we are made able to produce the fruit of the Spirit, showing forth love and patients goodness self-control etc.

(James 1:2-4) As you produce these fruits the good work that Christ Jesu has started in us is being completed and we will be perfected in our perseverance LACKING NOTHING!

WHATEVER HE HAS YOU WAITING ON, REMEMBER:

(Hebrews 6:11-12) You can be encouraged by looking at those who went ahead of you and remember that because of their diligent perseverance they have received the promise.

(Galatians 4:4) He is fully aware of the time.

(Philippians 1:6) He will not abandon His work

(John 15:15) You are His friend so be encouraged

(Isaiah 52:12) When it is time to happen it will.

(Isaiah 49:15,16,23)(Isa.30:18(19-26)) Those that wait on Him will not be disappointed

(2 Chronicles 20:15) ( 2 Kings 18:17-25, 28-30) 19: 1, 8-19, 32-37)) The battle is not yours, it is His.

Just simply be encouraged and let Him take His time. (James 1:4)

“Now, therefore, stand and see this great thing which the Lord will do before your eyes…” ~I SAMUEL 12:16

White Rabbits are lovely to watch as they bounce along on their way to wherever they are going. But you and I have the assurance that our footsteps are ordered. So take your time. Be patient, and walk with Him. He knows your way because He is the Way!

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

*This article is Revised from September 19, 2009

*Photo by Victor Larracuente on Unsplash

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The Founder and Voice of "I came for the soup..." Candice Coates is a Fiction and Non-Fiction Writer, jumping from genres ranging from Speculative Science Fiction and Fantasy to Comedic Clean Read Romance and Suspense, all with touches of her Christian faith. She is a lover of Ireland, languages, tea, and just about anything with pistachios. When not writing she is creating visual art, or new designs for her handmade polymer clay jewelry line, Shizen Brook.

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