A Comma, Not A Period
You have probably heard it said before. I’ve heard a preacher or two say it with enough conviction to think that it came from 1 Hezekiah 2:3. It goes something like this.
If God says it, that settles it. Period.
Now, please don’t go off the deep end thinking that I don’t believe what God says. I do. I believe that the Bible is God’s word and that it is His story. He gets to tell it and we adjust our lives to it.
There is it. I can hear a few of you groaning. The but is hanging there. “What’s he going to say that is some twist of on that.”
Well, I guess it’s this.
Too many of us put periods where we want God to put them. We don’t truly trust him with the periods. And too often, it turns out to be something else.
Sometimes we want to put a period where God wants to put a comma.
You know what a comma is. It’s a period with a tail. It sits there in our sentences giving just a bit of a pause, telling us to slow down for a second because something big is about to happen.
Abraham had about a twenty-five year comma from the time God called him until he had a son.
Moses? A forty-year comma in the desert after slaying an Egyptian.
Joseph and Jacob had some commas in their lives too, didn’t they?
Peter had a comma just after Christ died. He went back to fishing until Christ appeared to him in his resurrected body.
Paul had a comma. He didn’t just wake up as a super apostle. He spent time off by himself just spending time with the Lord.
You and I have commas. It may be while we’re waiting to have children. It could be when we have a job change. You name it, it could be a comma in your life.
What do we do when we find ourselves in a comma instead of a period?
Spend time with the Lord. We might have to be patient, but He will usually clue us in to what He has going on. It might not be comfortable. We might not enjoy the process, but those commas will usually be the best thing that ever happened to us.
Have you ever lived through a comma in your life?