Being Christian requires maintenance

Debra Whittington: Notes from the Church Lady

“Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalms 16:11

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2, 11-13

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14

It was early morning before the sun made its appearance and I was waiting for Mark to pick me up. The night before, he asked if I wanted to go with him to Logan to deliver a trailer. At the time, it sounded like a good idea because I enjoy the time we spend together to talk without any interruptions.

When the alarm rang that morning, Mark jumped up before I even had my eyes open. He told me to hurry and get ready while he went to hook up the trailer. He said he would return in a few minutes and wanted to get on the road. I hurried as fast as I could because I didn’t want him to wait on me. I turned off the light and opened the door so I would be ready to rush out the door when he drove up. As I stood there in the early morning, I listened to the sounds around me. I waited and waited for Mark to arrive.

I was a little concerned that it was taking so long but figured he ran into problems and would be along as soon as he could. The clock chimed the half hour and still I waited by the door because I knew he would drive up any moment. With the delay, I knew he would be even more impatient to get on the road.

Standing in the darkness, I had time to think about many things. I was a little irritated that I hurried so fast. With as long as it was taking, I realized that I missed out on a few more minutes of desired sleep. I longed to go back to bed and sleep until the sun came up. The phrase, “hurry up and wait” came to my mind and I grew irritated.

I thought about our satellite receiver and all of the interesting features it has. With a built-in hard drive, the viewer has many options. By clicking on one button, you can pause live television for up to an hour while you go and do something else. When you return, you are able to fast-forward through all the commercials. It also has a feature that allows you to rewind live action for up to an hour so you can watch something again or record it for later viewing.

That was the feature that came to mind as I wished I could rewind time. I could then take my time getting ready instead of waiting by the door in the dark. If life were only as simple as the television receiver, I would be able to go back and relive the exciting and wonderful times of my life.

When life was difficult, I could hit pause and then hurry through the hurtful times I didn’t wish to experience. In the midst of my thoughts, Mark came through the back door and stood behind me asking if I were ready to go. I realized I stood in front of that open door for no reason, but was so relieved to see Mark that I didn’t say anything.

Just as I thought, he experienced problems getting hooked up, but didn’t let it phase him. Instead, we loaded up and headed out.

It was a wonderful morning as we talked while watching the sun come up. Everything worked out just fine despite earlier problems. I realized that everything was for a reason and even though life is sometimes difficult, I wouldn’t want to pause, fast-forward or rewind my life. I am satisfied to live life just like it is in the “live” mode.