Have you ever heard the expression timing is everything? For example, you shouldn’t try to ask your boss for a raise when the business is not going well or when you are cooking something, you want to make sure that your meal is properly cooked. Even with medication, if you catch a problem early, you will be able to treat it more effectively by taking your medication as directed. Timing is important in your daily life, just as it is important in your spiritual life. It is vital to live your life with an awareness of how God’s timing works in your life. If timing is everything, then how shall we live?
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet 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
With God’s timing, He knows exactly what will occur and when it will occur. He appoints both our birthday and the day that we leave this earth. There are no surprises to Him. We are so important to God because we are created in His image. He desires relationship with us therefore He invests His time in us. We sometimes feel that we do not have enough time in the day to get things done or enough time with our loved ones. We tend to place limits on how much time we have. Instead we should make the most of the time that we are given.
In this life we will we face many seasons encountering both positive and negative emotions with different experiences. We reach highs and lows but we need to remember it is important for us to both grieve and rejoice. Both sorrow and joy are part of life and you cannot have one without the other. He gives us the time that we need to enjoy life, to build and to plant, to laugh and dance, and also the time to face challenges to tear down and have sorrow, to be quiet and to quit searching. Is it possible to rejoice in the midst of a devastating circumstance? How can these changes make it possible to draw closer to God? Each new experience and season of life that we go through, God walks with us and keeps us near to Him. He gives us the opportunity to embrace the changes before us. The change of seasons occurs constantly so we must learn to expect it. We need to be thanking God in all seasons and not just in times of joy.
“What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose is that people should fear him. What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again.” Ecclesiastes 3:9-15
He has set His plan into motion. God has given us the time on this earth so that He can write eternity on our hearts, giving us purpose to life. Sometimes our eyes can see only the external but God emphasizes the internal. He makes a messy situation into something beautiful when the time is right. Everything that we go through is for the purpose of brings us to God, preparing our hearts for an eternity with Him. Without Him, life is meaningless. He wants us to enjoy life and make the most of it. To stand in awe of who He is, all that He is and all that He will ever be.