Youth Digest – 04.30.19

Tomorrow is the first of May. This Saturday is our confirmation dinner (also Star Wars day). This Sunday is Confirmation Sunday. Where has the time gone? The school year is almost over and graduation parties and summer vacations are being planned. And before we know it, July will be here and Tanya and I will be adding a little guy to our family. Time keeps on ticking and our days, weeks, months fill up so fast.

I have always heard the phrase “God’s timing is perfect.” Yet we are so impatient and so driven to lay down our own plans and to perfect our schedules that we “book” ourselves solid, thereby keeping ourselves from opportunities for God to impact our lives. But we are not called to be low-impact followers of the way. David’s song of praise in 2 Samuel 22 contains a line that is similar to the phrase above, but better. In 2 Samuel 22:31, David exclaims:

God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.

Despite our schedules and our rigidity to following them, making the most of “our” time, God’s way will use us for the highest impact, whether we are aware of it in the moment, or not.

The wisdom of Proverbs helps us semi-understand the Lord’s perfect way through Proverbs 16:9 which states:

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

God’s love, grace, and salvation are all high impact miracles and God’s perfect way for us will determine our steps so that God’s love, grace, and salvation will have the most impact on us and on those around us.

So, as your calendar fills up for the end of the school year and you begin your planning for the summer, I challenge you to lose the rigidity that goes with scheduling and allow for God’s way to impact all that you do, remembering that Christ’s love for us is high-impact, life-changing (and schedule changing), and truly satisfying, as Psalm 90:14 reminds us:

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

R. H. Karn