Our devotional for today was “It is your time.” John 7:6-7, “Therefore Jesus told them, ‘The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.'” “Jesus said that is wasn’t His time. It is the same for us. We want to do things for our Lord yet it may not be our time. God has a plan and a time for each of us.
“Remember, it is written that there is a time for everything. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time to for war and a time for peace.’
“When Jesus was born, it was His time. Galatians 4:4-5, ‘But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.’ When we were born, it was our time. Jeremiah 1:5, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’
“When Jesus carried His cross, it was His time. John 19:17, ‘Carrying His own cross, He went out to the place of the skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha.)’
When we carry our cross, it will be our time. Matthew 16:24, ‘Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone would come after me he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”’
“When Jesus sacrificed His life, it was His time. John 19:30, ‘When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.’
“When is it our time? Our time is now. Romans 13:11-14, ‘And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.’
“All of us have sinned against our Lord. It is our time to repent. It is our time to live for the Lord. Our time is now!”
In the afternoon, we went to the school soccer field and flew our kite. One of the leaders tried to fly the kite, but he just couldn’t get it up in the sky. One of the teachers came over and showed them how to fly the kite. It was in the clouds. It was so high, it looked like a little white dot in the blue sky and they cut the line and let it go.
All of us wrote a sin on the kite that we wanted to release. It was a symbol of letting go of a sin in our lives, like releasing the scapegoat into the desert. Yet, we know that only the Lamb of God can take away our sins.
The children from Angelitos arrived a little later, and our boys joined them on the soccer field, played with them and showed them how to fly a kite. Of course, some of our boys have siblings in Angelitos, so it was fun seeing them together.
Two of our leaders will be escorting a Quinceañera next Friday. One of them said that he needed new shoes. I looked at him and said, “I don’t think so. It is not about you. Who do you think the guests will be looking at? You or the girl?” He smiled and said, “Me.” Yeah, right. I told him to polish his shoes.
Lee and Candy