The box I try and put God in is one that tries to constrain Him to time.
" ... one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day" (2 Peter 3:8 KJV).
Know the verse, can quote it in my sleep ... blind folded ... under water ... with my hands tied ... doing backward somersaults ...Yet, I don't treat the occurrences in my life in the same manner.
He that transcends time.
He Who is yesterday, today and forever.
He Who was and is and is to come.
He Who is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
And I box Him in to certain time intervals ...
Take for instance year after year I expect God to manifest Himself in my life in a "new" way just because the calendar went from December 31 to January 1. A new year began for most of western civilization (there are other civil calendars that are observed that do not correspond to ours), so God must have "new" plans, right?
Now granted, God did set up specific times for feasts and observances to be followed. However, they were commemorations, things to remember and/or celebrate. They were designed for man, not for God to be locked into any specific period of time.
Look at a couple of the great promises and how long it took for them to be fulfilled:
He promised an heir for Abraham and to make him a great nation - he received the heir 25 years later and the great nation was established over 400 years later.
He promised in the Garden of Eden that offspring from a woman would crush the head of the serpent - it was fulfilled through Jesus thousands of years later.
What makes me think that anything He has planned for me must take place during a 365 day interval?
I am now more mindful that we have seasons in our lives. Each season has a specific time that God has preordained for an event to take place. What I need to grasp is this: the plans God has for us aren't predicated upon the calendar changing from one year to another but rather the seasons and specific appointed times He preordained.
We cannot predict how long we will be in a season. It can last weeks, months or years. But we can be sure that God has established those seasons for our future and for our hope ... a season to learn, a season to teach, a season to be exalted, a season to be humbled, a season of trials, a season of unmerited favor ...
Instead of expecting a particular year to yield certain results, I will look for what God intends for my life during the season I am in. I will ask Him what my role is in that particular season. I will listen for instructions, should there be any. I will look for ways I can grow.
2014 is here, but it will be wrought with many seasons. I am currently in a season from 2013 and I may enter a season that lapses into 2015 and beyond.
Whatever the current and future seasons hold, I am now much more mindful not to box God into my limited comprehension of time.
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"(Ecclesiastes 3:1).
Just Around the Corner,