It’s About Time

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Nature tells us so much about timing. A few weeks ago I noticed that the Lenten rose was blooming. It always blooms during Lent and it is the first flower (always white) of spring. Now the purple crocuses are blooming, to be followed by the yellow daffodils. This happens every year, and I’m usually magically surprised at the regularity of the whole process. Granted, occasionally a late frost interferes with the development of the blossoms, but the timing is constant.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Our study of the book of Esther reminds us that there is also a time to wait.

We are not good at waiting; our culture trains us for impatience. We change lines at the bank to avoid waiting, we rush from church to beat the crowd at the restaurant, our computers take too long to boot up. But we were also taught as children that “Haste makes waste” and my son the landscaper warns his customers. “If you hurry, you mess up.”

I had a lesson in waiting a few years ago when I was planning a move and had my house for sale. I did all the things you’re supposed to do: find a good realtor, eliminate personal objects and clutter, keep the yard in good shape. Since I was building a house in another city, I felt the urgency of selling quickly. The new house was rapidly emerging, the old house was waiting. So was I, alarmed at the thought of making two house payments. Finally, almost a year later, I dismissed the realtor and put my own ad in the paper. A week later a neighbor phoned to say that her sister was visiting and would like to see my house. She fell in love with it (as I had assumed anyone would) and a few days later made an offer to purchase it. I received a call that the new house would soon be ready for occupancy. I packed up and arranged for a moving van.

The day we closed on the old house, the new house was ready and I moved in. Had it sold any sooner I would have had to rent a house in the new home place and make a second move.

Psalm 27 admonishes us “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Our time is not always God’s time – a difficult concept for us to accept in our fast moving world. Distinguishing between “When it’s time” and “When it’s time to wait” requires patience and acceptance.

Can you identify?

3 Responses to “It’s About Time”

  1. Courtney Says:

    I have learned (the hard way) the importance of waiting on the Lord. Most of my major life mistakes are the direct result of my impatience. Instead of trusting God and waiting for His best, I settled for what I could make happen. Lesson learned! I now find it exhilarating to wait for God to bring something about, the longer the wait the better. A long wait just means He is tediously working on something to make sure it is perfect!

  2. Jane Schulz Says:

    Courtney, you are so mature! I was older than you before I learned to listen and to wait. I think we have to have a good relationship with the Lord before we can listen for his message. Your attitude is admirable.

  3. Courtney Says:

    Well…uh…silly me, I do tend to forget things sometimes, He remindes me tho!

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