I wish I could freeze time. My kids often debate about what superpower is coolest- flying, transporting, strength. Me? I wish I was that girl Evie from the 80’s show “Out of this World” and just put my fingers together to stop the clock from running, then clap when I want it to start again. Things to learn, articles to write, dishes to wash, games to play, prayer to pray, sweat to make, e-mails, closets, laundry… not to mention all the people I want to lavish time upon. And I really want to do them all – even the laundry and the dishes. But time seems to be going faster and I am less efficient than ever even as I have more discretionary hours.
Today I had the privilege of substituting in a life transition program for older teens. We helped them remember to look both ways before they cross the street, estimate enough time to get to the bus stop, count out the right change for the cashier. While I was helping a good-hearted 20 year old decide which toy to buy at the Dollar Tree, I saw a notepad that said, “having faith in God also means trusting his timing“. When I am with this older teens who spend their time folding napkins and shredding paper, I am forced to let go of the swirling wishes to do more, more, more. I am forced to put away my phone. The time they dedicate to simple tasks makes me let go. Yes, Lord, I will trust in your timing. In many senses. I will trust in you during the fast paced. I will trust in you when I can’t even get done 1% of what I wanted to do in a day. I will trust you when I am slow. I will trust you with my dreams, desires and to do list expectations. I will look to your saints and to your children to show me the way. Time is yours. Do as you please. Let me please you as I do what I can.