How do you feel about deadlines? I found myself in a place the other day that I would rather not be.
I was putting time limits on God. I was telling Him that in my perfect world (remember If I Ran The Zoo?) things would be so perfect if only this and so happened by such a date and time.
Well guess what? God gently reminded me that HE is in charge, not me. The things that “I” was trying to orchestrate are totally out of my control so why was I trying? Why was I putting undue stress and emotion into trying to create the perfect scenario? All I know is that it took just a few moments of clarity to reevaluate my “situation” and come full circle back to the realization that deadlines that I impose on God are ridiculous.
I have always operated better when I know what is expected and what is ahead. I do not think that I am alone in that. It isn’t that I have a problem with change or adjustment—–I just want to know what is ahead so I can prepare. Kind of like snakes. I don’t mind them but I like it much better when I know that they are there and not surprised by one in the middle of a dark path in a rainforest.
So what about you? How do you view deadlines? Do you love them? Do you operate well within the structure of knowing what is expected of you when? Or do you rail at the thought of time constraints? I know one thing is true for me—–God has a plan and my attempts to manipulate it may not be the smartest thing to do.