You May Begin!

For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin, but there was always some obstacle in the way. Something had to be got through first, some unfinished business; time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. Bette Howland

I cut this quote out of a Reader's Digest in the early 80's and have it under my glass blotter on my desk where I can see it every day. Sadly, it all too often has described my own life. How often it has seemed that real life was waiting to be lived just around the next corner. But, every time I turn that corner, I find another long and winding avenue of things still to be done before I can begin my life.

It's like when we were in school and about ready to take a big test. Maybe it was one of those important assessment tests or a college entrance exam, and we just sat there, waiting and waiting, while the proctor explained the rules and waited for the correct time. Then came the big moment: "You May Begin!"

So much of our lives seemed to be a suspended animation where we are just sitting, sharpened Number 2 pencil poised, waiting to turn our tests over and begin. To our detriment, the most common area of our life that seems to be placed on hold is that of our service to God. We have become convinced that as soon as our life slows down we will become more faithful in our church attendance. We are positive that as soon as things fall into place we will dust off our Bibles and become daily students of God's word. We are certain that , just as soon as we get past this one big thing, we will get serious about our prayer life. And our lives become one hollow promise after another of "as soon as".

The fact is that this life is one big test. God wants to know if we will serve Him in good times and bad. Will we live as Christ expects us to live even when our obligations mount and we seem to have not even one spare second left in our schedules? It is during these hectic times that we need God the most. It is then that we need a calm and the peace that passes all understanding to return to our lives.

So, if the frantic pace of life has got us down and we are ready for God's peace to take control, perhaps we just need to get a grip on what is really important in life and say to ourselves: "You May Begin!"

...for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12,NIV