Being late and not being on time for meetings, appointments and other things that are important to us can be a big deal for some of us. As much as we can, we try to be on time.
A young man whom I know well, had this one-liner which made sense and is also quite humorous when you know him. You will find, that you can never rush him to get anything done in a hurry. He will always take his time and that’s how he is. His one-liner has always been that ‘things happen when they happen.’
Though the young man may not be the quickest in getting things sorted on time, but he gets it done and gets it done well.
Over the years I have come to the conclusion that God has a very interesting sense of humour as it relates to how He does things. But even more interesting is God’s sense of humour as it relates to His timing.
Have you ever been in a difficult situation in which you saw no way out? It may have been that time you needed money to do something very important, or a time you needed the right solution to a problem. Whatever the situation may have been, you were able to see the divine hand of God work wonders for you in the end.
When we look back at the story of Lazarus death, we see a grieving Martha cry out to Jesus. When Jesus finally arrived to see Martha, she was not quick to ask a question but to make a declaration!
In one breath she declared that she knew Jesus could have healed Lazarus, but she also expressed her faith in the fact that whatever Jesus asked of His Heavenly Father at that point would be honoured.
Here’s what Martha said to Jesus in John 11: 21-22: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you”.
I believe Martha’s faith can inspire us to trust in this God who is all powerful and is always on time.
There may be those times we make requests of God and we expect those requests to be honoured in a specific time frame, but we have to remember that God is ultimately in control and whatever He does is well done and always on time.
I am immediately reminded of the words of the song “Four Days Late” in which the author says, “But His way is God’s way, not yours or mine. When He’s four days late - He’s still on time.”
We might be facing many giants in our lives at this time. It may be that we are waiting for the healing our bodies need, it may be waiting for the birth of a child, it may be to resolve a relationship issue you have with someone, it may be dealing with challenging issues with your teen-age youth, for some – land issues, and the list goes on …
Some of these giants may be much older than four days.
The waiting time may be four months, four years, or what may be a lifetime to some of us, four decades.
But rest assured that God is always on time, and He will rescue you from these giants (if He sees fit) at the right time.
He has the power to control time, and our heavenly Father is never late. So despite the challenges you may be facing now, rest assured that your heavenly Father knows what is best for you and will deliver you on time.