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