The Scrambler

It’s called Five Minute Friday. Each week, we write freely on a one-word prompt. Then we link up at the amazing Kate Motaung’s site. It’s a flash mob of writers- having fun and sharing their take on one word. This week’s prompt was TOMORROW.

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We chastise each other for dwelling on the past. “Put it behind you,” we say. “Move on!”

Then, we beat each other up for always looking ahead. “Be present and in-the-moment. Don’t wish today away!”

And we look down our noses at those who failed to plan ahead. We shake our fingers at those who couldn’t anticipate what was coming next.

Sometimes, the enemy convinces me that time is a seesaw. And it’s my job to balance it perfectly with the right amount of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Well, I’m not very good at balancing. And my muscles are tired from trying.

But when I look at the gospel, and when I learn more about the God of all time… I realize that I may be on the wrong ride.

To God, time seems to be scrambled together.

The first shall be last and the last shall be first.

Today, I’m headed to a youth retreat where we will be studying God’s pursuit of His people through the life of Jonah.

Only through the gospel can I find myself sitting next to Jonah today, roughed-up from the waves of pride, and tired.

Only by God’s grace can I rub shoulders with a brother in Christ who lived thousands of years ago and learn to have compassion for people in my life today.

Only in a scrambling of past, present, and future, can I be transformed by whale vomit, a withered plant, and a worm and receive the hope of redemption through them all.

We are pursued by a God who is not bound by time. He chases us through our past, in this moment, and will be waiting for us tomorrow. So, no matter where you are lingering in time, He is.

It truly is an amazing chase.

The yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows of this world are all swirling and serving His purpose. Equally at work in His people at every moment in time.

I’ve fallen off the seesaw balancing-act and I’ve taken my seat on the Scrambler- right next to Jonah.

We swirl and turn through time- our lives and souls pressed together for His purpose  – and unable to control where we’ll land.

It’s nauseating, breathtaking, energizing, and fun- all mixed together.

So, hop off that monotonous balancing act. Quit trying to find just the right recipe for time. Stop trying to manage and straighten-out your timeline.

Hop on the scrambler. Take a ride on a whale. Have a seat in the shade.

What’s a little whale vomit in the grand scheme of things?


6 thoughts on “The Scrambler

  1. amypboyd April 17, 2015 / 10:05 am

    What a beautiful reminder that the God of yesterday is also the God of today and even tomorrow.


  2. Jeanne Takenaka April 17, 2015 / 10:16 am

    Karen, you have such a beautiful way of describing life. Sometimes I swear you’ve peeked into my heart. I love the way you pursue Jesus–deep and whole-heartedly. Though I hate the physical Scrambler sort of ride, I think I’ll join you on the God-scrambler.

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  3. Betsy de Cruz April 17, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    Yep, life is like one of those scramblers sometimes, Karen. And you’ve transmitted a wonderful enthusiasm today for a full life with our God who is unbound by time and space! Hope you have a great retreat!

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  4. betsydecruz April 17, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    Yep, life is sometimes like one of those scramblers, Karen! And you’ve done a beautiful job transmitting enthusiasm for life with God! I hope you have a great retreat this weekend!


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