Timing is everything.

Or, at the very least it is mighty important.

Time is quoted in the Bible hundreds of times. The NIV cites “time” eight hundred and eighty-eight times!

I have a strange relationship with time. There have been times in my life I was quite short on time. As a result, I don’t like to waste it or eagerly give it up.

Some people don’t like to give up their money. My issue is with time. I figure, I can always earn more money but time, once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Then there are times when I know I did not act in God’s timing and lost favor I would have received had I done it when I was prodded to.

A few days ago, it struck me to go for a walk. There is a hill nearby that would give me a quick mile. It was nice and cool, around seven that morning. Well, I sat on my porch and drank some coffee. Then, I watched the birds. I even spent time with God. When I got up and got going it was nearly nine o’clock. The same number of steps, same calories burned but I worked for them! The time of favor (ease) I let pass a couple of hours earlier.

Have you ever regretted not doing something in a timely manner?

Did you learn from it?

I am a firm believer of “all things work out for the good of those who love the Lord,” having witnessed this firsthand. Still, I’d like to remember to do what God wants me to do promptly and not have to wait on God to work out the mess I make.

Live and learn.


“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need,” Hebrews 4:15-16 NIV

“In our time of need.”

This makes me wonder if in those times I don’t receive what I’m looking for, if maybe I already have the grace and mercy I need and just don’t realize it?


Time is fleeting.

It is also precious.

I am trying to make the most of mine even as I learn to give it away.

Our times are in God’s hands.


My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Psalm 31:15 NIV

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:8 NIV

By Lilka Finley Raphael

Author, Editor, Gardner, Photographer, Pharmacist


  1. I am of the same mind as you are regarding cell phones. It has been so nice as I’ve been working in my Gardens without a cell phone around me and also not being on the internet. I’m applying what I am learning now to my near future… As in balancing time to be a way from technology. You’re so right in that we lived many years without the cell phones and computers. I too wish to live the rest of my life to the fullest and with no regrets. Peace to you! 🥀

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  2. I couldn’t agree with you more, Lilka. I have been given this life which is a precious Gift and I refuse to just waste it away. I am like you … I really do loose track of time when I go for a walk especially in a forest. I couldn’t tell you the times I took my cellphone out to check the time (I do not wear a watch) and couldn’t believe I had to put it into high gear to get back home to “responsibilities”. Just yesterday I had an appt. with my GP. I told him what I was doing … he asked regarding exercise … and so I told him I walk/hike almost every day, go to the gym (when I am post-opening gardens), and I am opening my massive gardens right now. That does not include my photography, my marriage, nor what I do every day with my cats. His response? Instead of saying “Wow, good for you!” oh no, his response was for me to not do so much. I just looked at him and instead of getting angry I replied, “No worries. I pace myself.” Anyways …. All we have is this moment and nothing more …. LOVE your attitude! Much Love to you! 💝

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    1. Thanks Amy! I frustrate my husband to no end because I don’t take my cellphone with me out in the yard. I remind him we managed just fine without them. I cheerfully lose track of time when I’m outdoors.
      Each day is indeed a gift. That becomes more apparent the longer I live. I’m trying to spend my time wisely to minimize regrets. I can’t change the past but I’m determined to enjoy my remaining time here. Peace and love to you. Enjoy the gardens and may you find great light (for the camera) this weekend 😀

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