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July 17, 2012

Always on Time

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Do you have some friends who you know will always arrive late–no matter the occasion?  Most of us have such friends.  We joke together about it.  Some people even program to be late.  They know the hour of the event.  But rather than leave to allow driving and parking time, they leave home at the hour of the event. The know they will be late.  They are not bothered by it.

There have been times in my life when I have been late.  I don’t care for the feeling.  There have been times when others have been late and it affected what I was doing.  Do I wait until they arrive to start?  Do I go on and begin, knowing  they will miss something?  Do we serve dinner for others who are on time, knowing the food will probably be cold for the late-comers?  You have had that experience, I am sure.  (Unless you are one of those who is always late!)

But there is One who is never late.  God never shows up late!  God is always on time!  Now it is easy for me to form questions here, of course.  Wasn’t God late in answering that prayer?  Why didn’t He do it right then?  And other such questions can arise.  But we trust God’s timing and we know He never shows up late!  It is perhaps that our schedule is off or premature.  God’s timing is always for our good.  It either is for the developing of patience, the testing of our trust in Him, or for all the pieces of the puzzle to fit together in right timing!

There have been times when I wondered why God has not responded.  Or where is God now?  One of the most vivid times in our lives when we moved ahead by faith and trusted the timing to God was our moving from Miami.  We had accepted the call to another church and had planned the moved on a certain date.  We needed to sell our home.  We used one of the most aggressive real estate agencies in Miami.  Several weeks passed and there was not even any strong interest in our home by a buyer.

We remained on schedule, knowing our commitment to the new congregation.  The moving day arrived. The moving truck arrived early in the morning, and the loading began.  We were preparing to vacate the home and leave it on the market.  It was easy to have reservations about this, and even to allow the devil to cause us to question if the move was in the will of God.

About noon, as the packers were loading the truck, a man came and approached us about the house.  We shared with him all the information he sought, and showed him the house, patio, pool, and yard.  He was greatly interested.  When we shared the asking price, he did not even make a counter offer.  He simply said he wanted to purchase the house.  He opened a paper sack, and began to count out the price!  He had cash in the bag that exceeded our asking price!

We were stunned!  But I ask you,  “Didn’t God show up on time?”  God was not late . . . and He never will be.  Of course, the conclusion of the story was that we had to send him to the realtor.  They worked out all the details . . . and to show you the graciousness of our God, the buyer did not ask for any inspections or repairs!  The truck loaded our possessions, and we departed with a house sold!

This is a testimony to always trust God’s timing!  He is always there at the right time in every situation.  What might seem to be a delay from Him, or even His absence, is only the result of His love for us.  He desires that we truly trust Him and wait upon Him.  It is His plan for our life . . . circumstances and timing . . . that is the very best for us!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”  (Proverbs 3:5)  “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  (Psalm 27:14)  “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.”  (1 Peter 5:7)



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