Take the Time
By: Tom Norvell

Vol. 7 No. 07 February 16, 2004

Take The Time

In Mark 3:7 we read, “Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed him.” In Mark 3:13 we read, “Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.” In both these cases Jesus had plenty to do. He had people constantly coming to him, calling for his time, and asking for his attention. Still he took the time to “withdraw” and he still “went up on a mountainside.” He knew that He had to take the time in order to fulfill his mission. There are times when we must take the time.

We try to work around it, we try to work through it, and we try to work in order to avoid it. We cannot. Living like God wants us to live means taking time to do what God wants us to do. Sometimes that means we get away from the crowd. Sometimes that means being with a special few. Sometimes that means being all alone. Sometime that means being right in the midst of all that is happening.

We may need to take the time to be with or family. An expensive vacation on a deserted island is not necessary. Seeing every site in the historic section may not be what’s best. But there are times when our family needs us to take the time to be with them. Away from the distractions: the phones, the pagers, the fax machines, the computers, the televisions, ballgames, the friends, the whatever it is that takes us away from them. We must take the time.

There are times when we may need to take the time to get a job done. We put it off. We make excuses of how busy we are. We try to do it half-heartedly while we are doing something else. The job may get done, but it is only done half-heartedly. Do it right! To do it with excellence we may have to take the time to do it well. We must take the time.

There are times when we need to take the time to just be with the Lord. It may be a few minutes alone in the car. It may be an hour in a park. It may be a day at the lake. It may be a weekend retreat. I may be a week all alone with nothing but our Bible and Lord. Praying. Meditating. Listening. Resting with the Lord. We must take the time.

There are times when we need to take the time to wait on the Lord. We like things done quickly…immediately. We don’t want to wait. We pray. We want the answer. We ask. We want to receive. We seek. We want to find. He promises to provide, but He never promised to respond on our schedule. Taking the time involves adjusting to His time frame. We must take the time.

We are constantly looking for short cuts and ways to bypass the long journey. We try to cram seventy years of living into forty. We push our children to grow up before they are ready. We put pressures on our relationships to mature before they can. We extend ourselves beyond what we can manage. Life takes time. Life cannot be lived any faster than what God intended. We must slow our pace. We must eliminate some of the busyness of our day. We must take the time to enjoy life, to discover what is important, to focus on what is real, and live life fully.

Today I encourage you to take the time to do whatever it is you are trying to do. Don’t rush. Don’t push. Don’t hurry. Take the time to life.


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