TIME. A precious commodity we cannot afford to waste.
1 Chronicles 12:32 International Standard Version (ISV)
“The tribe of Issachar supplied 200 leaders, along with all of their relatives under their command. They kept up-to-date in their understanding of the times and knew what Israel should do.”
The cliche' "timing is everything" has been circulating around the church for some TIME now. Like other cliches, the importance of the words get lost, sometimes with the over usage of it.
The first thing I noticed when I returned to my blog was the date, October 2017. It has been almost 2 years since my last blog. Where did the time go?
I began to reflect on what I was doing during that time. I was taking care of my parents. It was and is a full TIME position, which I consider a labor of love.
Honestly speaking it was laborious. Physically and mentally, plus it was hard seeing my parents decline first-hand. However, like gravity, age declines with TIME.
Emotionally, I dealt with gripping guilt of continuing my
morning devotion before caring for them. My devotion
TIME became less and the guilt & frustration increased.
Warfare of the mind is real.
When we are vulnerable, ill-prepared, and physically tired, you're an open target for the enemy of our soul to surface.
I sense the saints praying, some called to check on me discerning the disconnect. While others texted "I've been thinking about you". I bless Holy Spirit as my comforter during these TIMES. He continued to teach me and listen to my silent tears.
I miss my mother tremendously but more overjoyed about her being home with her Lord Jesus. She's having church and singing in the choir. Jumping and shouting and preparing for her husband's arrival.
And at this TIME, I'm ministering to my daddy, every opportunity I'm given.
A word to the wise, preparation is never lost TIME.
King Solomon explains in Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8, The Purposes in God’s Timing, "There is a season for everything, and a time for every event under heaven: [a] 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to scatter stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to search, and a time to give up searching; [b] a time to keep, and a time to discard; 7 a time to tear, and a time to mend; a time to be silent, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace."
The time I had caring for my parents was challenging but not regretful. I understand now, that our roles are changed, I am their parent they were and are my children.
King Solomon's wisdom is so on point, look at this,
Ecclesiastes 1:9, "Whatever has happened, will happen again; whatever has been done, will be done again. There is nothing new on earth".
I'm so grateful. I have 5 kids and out of the five, one will take note. This time of caring for my parents would have been impossible without them. The precious TIME was well spent, I am wiser, stronger and better. I will always remember OUR TIME TOGETHER.
REMAIN BLESSED, Apostle Mother Hayes