At Women of Faith and The Revolve Tour events, we live and die by an Excel spreadsheet called the “minute-by-minute.” This incredibly detailed chart shows exactly when everything is supposed to happen during the course of the weekend.
For example, on a recent Saturday at Women of Faith’s A Grand New Day event, the Worship Team was supposed to take the stage at 2:50, sing 3 songs in 12 minutes, then leave the stage so Mary could spend the next 12 minutes making announcements, giving away prizes, and introducing Luci Swindoll. (I wasn’t there, so I don’t know if it actually went according to plan—but it usually does.) At any given time, a staffer with a minute-by-minute in hand can tell if the program is on time, early, or running late.
Wouldn’t it be great if everyday life was like that? If you could know exactly when your next blessing or trial was scheduled to begin and exactly how long it would last?
Well, no, actually. It wouldn’t. We just can’t handle that kind of knowledge. If you knew for a fact that you had a scary test result from the doctor on tap for next week, would you be able to enjoy that hug from your four-year-old today? Wouldn’t your mind race ahead to the bad news to come and blow past the good stuff staring you in the face?
I’ll bet it would. That’s just the way we operate. I got an email today with an excerpt from the book Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. Part of it went like this:
“Rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them many times, whereas you are meant to go through them only when they actually occur.”
I’m going to have to read that several times, probably over several days, before it really sinks in. I do know that most of the things we worry about either don’t happen or are out of our control anyway. That doesn’t always stop me from “rehearsing my troubles” though.
Here’s one thing that does help me handle the whole “not knowing” thing: I do not have a minute-by-minute for my life—but God does. He knows exactly when everything that’s going to happen to me (and you) will happen. Not only that, He’s in control of it all. Psalm 139:16 says, “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” When my father and brother (my only sibling) both died unexpectedly in unrelated events the same weekend, that verse was the only thing that kept me going. “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” I told myself. “Even this one. Even this one.”
So. Relax. God has your days all mapped out and nothing is going to mess with His schedule.
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