It’s 2:00 A.M. and I’m awake (as usual), and I find myself reflecting on the events, the happenings, if you will, that have brought me to this place and time. Many a strange twist and turn, you can be sure, has been employed by both life itself and the creator of it, to put me where I am now. And where exactly, is this? To be honest, I’m not quite sure.
I could wax piously about Abraham heading out and not knowing where he was going, or Noah building a boat without ever having seen rain, but I’m not going there. Not this time. Those are awesome examples for us, but that’s not what I want to talk about right now. No, what I want to talk about is the labyrinth.
Allow me a little abstraction, if you will; we are creatures of time. Yes we occupy space (some of us occupy too much of it!), but what shapes us and pushes us forward is time. Just think about it for a minute. The future rushes by you, and in milliseconds becomes the irretrievable past. Kinda spooky isn’t it? What we call the present really doesn’t amount to much in this respect. It really affects the choices we make.
I believe God created time for this very reason. Time is what takes your life, in all its wanderings, and weaves it all together (or ties it in knots!) with other lives and people and places. Time shrouds the future in mysterious turns yet to be taken, and it obscures the distant past. Time is the labyrinth of life. It is also the crucible of faith.
Do you find yourself looking over your shoulder? Has this maze of life and time made you feel a little nervous or hunted even? Have you stumbled in the dark? maybe more than once? Taken more than a few hits? There is something lurking here.
It is fear, doubt, anxiety and worry. It is a thousand little ‘what ifs’. It is the cares of this world, and the lusts of the flesh. And they will combine one with another, and rise up to become the monster of the maze. We can not let this overcome us, or we will cower in a corner somewhere, afraid to move. This is what the enemy of your soul wants to see happen to you.
But, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Even when we can’t see where we’re going, we can be at peace knowing God is there. What kinds of things do you hope for? They have substance when you apply faith. There is evidence of their existence, even though you can’t see them yet. Without faith it is Impossible to please God. He wants you to have faith. Just like Abraham and Noah, He wants you to trust Him. That’s at least one of the reasons He created time. So that you could have faith, even in the labyrinth. God Bless your steps, as you walk out this mysterious maze, in Jesus Name, Amen!