Many years ago when living in another city, the airport was 15 miles east of the city. My wife and I enjoyed taking our preschool children to the airport to watch the planes land- and taking off. I marveled at he power it took to lift 50 plus tons of steel from the ground with ease of a feather lifting in a light breeze.

     One day I was equally fascinated with numerous clocks in the ticket section above the ticket counters. One clock was larger and more dominant, being the one with local time. Three other clocks depicted the other three time zones across the United States. Then, there were other clocks showing the current time in various cities around the planet, such as Tokyo, Sidney, Berne, Mexico City and others.

     Travelers to distant countries have been known to keep one timepiece set to the time of their native land so that, for sentimental reasons, they might always know what time it is "back home."

     In a somewhat similar sense the Christian pilgrim keeps one clock, the clock of his faith
and trust, in time with the clocks in his Father's house above. The answers to my prayers, the lifting of my cross, the deliverance from a painful sorrow, or the granting of a long sought wish, are all scheduled for granting, not according to the clocks and calendars over my office desk, but according to the clocks of eternity, which are "telling time" on the office walls of my Father's house.

     Praise God, He never comes to late with too little nor too soon with too much.  He is always on time — His time. His delays, when delays occur, are always the delays of divine love. His "little whiles" are always the preludes to things greater.

     "For a small moment have I forsaken the, but with great mercies will I gather thee." "Weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning."

     What a comfort to know that before the foundations of the world were laid all the clocks of heaven were set for the eternal welfare of those who would entrust themselves to the Savior's mercy through faith in His redeeming love. God's ways with us may indeed seem "past finding out", but in Christ we know that they are always the ways of love.

     Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don. 




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