A few days ago, I was instructing the liturgical dance ministry at the Raleigh Correctional Center for Women a piece to “Worth Fighting For” by Brian Courtney Wilson. As I shared a few weeks ago, this song has been ministering to me, in season and out of season! Each week before learning movement, we have a short Bible study. This particular instance, we discussed the significance of time; specifically how depending upon the situation, it can feel rather elongated or quick. As I sit in a season of reflection on our daughter being a senior in college, time is feeling short. I have memories of her preschool graduation, her first day of kindergarten, endless carpooling (especially as the single woman, when children with two parents in the household sat at the house…just a little shade), hours when she would sit at the kitchen table during homework and I was on my knees praying for it to be done. At any rate, I shared that it seems like yesterday and that time has moved so quickly. In response, one of the ladies said, “I feel like time is at a stand still and I will never get out of here.” Amazing how two people are experiencing a distinctively different determination regarding time. Nevertheless, we serve the same God, and we would all benefit with the application of Psalm 90:12, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
When going “through” I for one don’t think about the accumulation of wisdom as a welcomed consequence. However, the more mature I become, I am appreciative of moments that previously didn’t make me blink. Each time I enter into the facility where I volunteer, I consider that its only a result of God’s grace and mercy, not anything that I’ve done that averted me from that journey. To be even more reflective, there are women inside who are more liberated than women on the outside. They’ve come to resolution with their “stuff” and no longer wear the mask that many of us personify daily. No matter what they’ve done, or what I’ve done (or will do), I am joyous of our connection to the Master. His ability to bring us all into the knowledge of Him in his perfect timing. We do not know what tomorrow will bring. In fact, James 4:14 tells us, “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” During our “mist” we must commit ourselves to being totally emptied, fulfilling every purpose the Lord has aligned for our life and the lives of those assigned to us.
During our dance, there is a lyric that says, “I’ve got a mansion, over in glory!” As we learned the portion of the dance, we erupted into a praise! Each of us began to point upward saying, “Can you see my mansion?” “It’s that beautiful one right there!” “Look at mine! Isn’t it gorgeous?” I shared that each time they are “invited” into an altercation with someone else, point to the sky and be reminded that whatever the moment in time, it cannot be compared to the time those who have accepted Christ will spend in eternity. That action is not only for those on the inside – but it’s something each of us can partake in. The enemy knows the end of the story. We must act like we do as well! Nothing, or no one is worth snatching my opportunity to experience eternal life! Until that time, I hope to relish in the time God has granted; and not just in the big things, but the small miracles that happen around me daily. In everything we do, we must commit our work to the Lord and our plans will be established (Proverbs 16:3). After all, I’ve got a mansion…what about you?