Really? Where did that word come from? Have I ever seen it before? What does it mean? Who knows? If I learn it will I ever be able to use it in a sentence? I am fascinated sometimes by words. Words I didn’t know, words that I might use again in a crossword puzzle or a game of Words with Friends. Czarina. Another good word that might aid you in competition sometime. Wouldn’t that one be fun to add to someone else’s Czar in a game? But, I digress. Today I want to talk about Abeyance.
This morning was a typical rainy morning in Western PA and I was at my dining room table doing my morning devotions. I read from the book of James in the Bible and was meditating on taming my tongue, familiar but something that is always worth repeating. I went on to read from a couple of other sources and ready from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young a devotion that started with, “Come to me with your plans held in abeyance.” Abeyance? Is that a typo? What does that mean? I visited my Webster’s New Young American Dictionary because it usually presents information in an easier version for me, but Abeyance didn’t make the cut in this 1995 edition. I then had to go to Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary where I learned that Abeyance means temporary inactivity or suspension. Hmmmm. Interesting. But, as far as a devotional, I wonder what that means to me. Sarah goes on to explain that we aren’t to make plans, but we are to ask God to guide us through our day, doing what He wants us to do in his time. OK, I get that. I will try to do that. As I pondered, meditated and studied more, I heard an odd noise, but didn’t really pay much attention to it. It wasn’t that odd, I was just aware of it. The coffee maker brewing? The bathtub draining? Just not sure.
My son came downstairs, grabbed his breakfast and before heading out, said, “Funny thing. I fell asleep in the tub and the water ran over. See you later. I love you!” Out the door he went. I shrugged my shoulders and kept reading. I even texted a friend about his parting words. Just another day in the life! After she replied that what I see as normal, others see as panic, I thought I should at least investigate a bit. So, I headed to the kitchen where I could see the evidence of water upstairs on the ceiling. I rushed upstairs to dry up the mess knowing full well that my son wouldn’t have done a good enough job when I was greeted with a dry bathroom. No wet towels on the floor, no water, no mess. He had done a good job mopping up the water. He had done as much as I could’ve done.
What a gift that I hadn’t responded to the odd noise. Had I been privy to this information earlier, the clean up would’ve entailed a lot of yelling, bickering and harsh words. No doubt. The abeyance I was granted to the situation helped me tame my tongue. Both testimonies to why my morning routine is vital to myself and to my family.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “This plan of mine is not what you would work out, neither are my thoughts the same as yours. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than yours, and my thoughts than yours.
That simple truth saved me a lot of grief this morning. Thank You God!