I was born on my due date. And I’ve been punctual ever since.
My Mom was just recounting the story of my birth to me again a few nights ago. I was due on July 19th. Her doctor assured her that I wouldn’t be coming for some time, so he proceeded to go on vacation. But apparently even then, I’d have none of that nonsense. Sure enough, on July 19th at 9:30pm, I made my entrance into the world. I blame that for all the subsequent years of worrying that I’d be late for something. Just ask my friends. If I’m ever late for for an event or meeting, call the authorities, because it probably means some evil has befallen me.
I’ve become an expert at figuring out exactly when I need to leave to get someplace on time. There have been moments when I’ve actually TRIED to be late so I’d get there the same time as most others. But inevitably, I’m on time. And more often than that, I’m early. Sigh.
It’s funny then that God’s work in my life has been centered so much on timing, and my lack of control over it. It’s HIS timing, not my own. He’s had to teach me over and over again about patience, about not running ahead, about not jumping to the conclusion that He’s late in some way. I think it was Beth Moore who once said, “God is never late. But He sure misses a lot of opportunities to be early”. Kidding aside, it’s easy for me to think that God hasn’t been exactly punctual with answering my prayers and acting on my behalf in areas of my life that are so important to me.
The thing is, I make these assumptions because I don’t have access to His calendar. My due dates are not His due dates. He knows exactly what He’s doing with the schedule of my life. He knows the right time to move forward or to hold back, to reveal or to let things stay hidden and unknown.
His time is “kairos” time. That’s a Greek word from the New Testament that doesn’t mean MY time. It means the RIGHT time. The OPPORTUNE time. The PERFECT time.
So in light of that I must believe that God, too, is always punctual. Just in a much different way than I am. His timing is perfect and right. He is never late, even when the circumstances seem otherwise. I have learned, and still am learning to trust His timing. When another birthday comes and my life looks different than I thought it would, it doesn’t mean He skipped a day or ignored a reminder on my calendar. I don’t need to worry about belated blessings with God. I can rest in the assurance that those blessings will come (and have come) exactly when He means them to.
I’ve said this so many times. “God always has a plan…and His timing is always just right”. It was right on that July 19th many years ago, and it will be right on all the days ahead.
But seriously, if I’m ever late for something, come looking for me…
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:11
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them. Psalm 139:16
The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand; You satisfy the desire of every living thing. Psalm 145:15-16
picture credit: Annie Spratt