For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
As I was getting ready to go to work I looked at the time on my Fitbit. I glanced at my bedroom clock. There was a two minute discrepancy. I went to the kitchen and looked at my kitchen clock which was three minutes faster than my bedroom clock. As I got in my car and compared the time on my Fitbit to the clock in my car I was now leaving two minutes earlier than I had thought. So, what time is it really?
If you find yourself in a time of difficulty, waiting or wanting, remember to know that God’s timing is perfect. It is easy to say that when everything is going smoothly. When things are well with our world a few minutes is no big deal. But when things are hard a few minutes can feel like an eternity. Wherever we are, God has perfectly timed the situation we find ourselves in today. How easy it is for me to want to jump out of and ahead of any given situation and not process through it to gain God’s perspective and allow His working in my heart to be complete.
Unfortunately, I can demand my own timing, fighting for the quick and easy way. I have found that God rarely does the quick or easy. When I think I should call it a day, God says “stay awhile.” When I want to say I am finished, God says “not yet.” I know this may shock you, as it has me, but God’s timing is not our timing. When will I learn that lesson?? It really is time for me to once again trust that God’s timing will be perfect. His perfect timing can be seen most clearly when you and I look back and see how God has worked in the past. But we will often look forward and speculate about what is yet to come. Rarely, and perhaps with the most difficulty, do we actually remain in the moment. This is where God has us. His timing has perfectly placed us in the here and now.
As I write, the clock in my office is ticking loudly. Each second is counted; the hands of the clock continue to move forward bringing me one more tick closer to an unknown future. Let’s be brave today and allow His timing to move us towards His purposes in all things. We can trust our futures because we can trust His perfect timing.
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.