“Do you have the time?” That all depends. How do we answer that question …
- If asked by the stranger on the street?
- If asked by the PTA looking for a volunteer at your child’s school?
- If asked by your supervisor to go on a business trip next week?
- If asked by your five-year-old who wants to play some catch?
- If asked by your soul that so desperately seeks some quiet time?
Do you have the time? In our day of cell phones, e-mail and social media, time has booked a jet ticket and flies faster than ever. There is no time for a handwritten note or for a home-cooked meal. There is no time for ironing dresses or polishing shoes. The list of deadlines keeps your palm pilot in your palm.
I have no easy answers for some days I feel just as tired. Thankfully, I’ve met one who made time. He made time to listen and laugh with people. He made time to hold and heal. Yes, he made time! Jesus created time and remains the master of time. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Yet at the fullness of God’s time he came into this world of time to free us. He took the most pressing demands of God and met them perfectly for you and for me. The deadline for punishment of sin he met on that cross. Now forgiveness through his blood knows no time limit. So our Savior invites us, “Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. You will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28).
Every day he invites you to experience rest amidst the hassling madness of modern life. Pop a Bible tape into your car radio and listen to his love. Buy a day by day Bible verse calendar and drink your morning coffee pondering God’s eternal love. Hold the hands of your loved ones and ask the Savior to help you find time for him and for each other.