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Wasted Time

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  
Romans 5:3-4

A handwritten sign on the door of my doctor’s office said, “Closed due to weather.” I was flabbergasted. Yesterday an ice storm had shut down traffic and businesses, but today things were back to normal. At least I had thought they were.

I trudged back to my car simmering with anger. I’d wasted the afternoon on a non-existent appointment. I began to imagine the pleasure of telling off someone - almost anyone would do - for failing to notify me of the closure.

However, on my way home, God shared his perspective of the situation and calmed me down. First, he reminded me he uses everyday trials like this one to develop godly character. This was an opportunity for me to grow in spiritual maturity.  

God also reminded me that years ago I gave my life to him. Every moment of my time belongs to him. How he uses those moments is his choice. He knows best, and I shouldn‘t complain.

When I turned into the driveway of my house, I realized my resentment was gone. I could even chuckle as I recalled my wide-eyed disbelief when I saw the “Closed” sign on the office door.

As for having wasted time, that just wasn’t true. I had experienced the reality of Romans 5:3-4 (MSG): We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue . . .

I was more than okay with how things turned out. The time had been well spent.

Father, help us realize our time here belongs to you.


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