Jonathan's Perspective  

Sep 20

'Perfect Timing'

Timing is everything.  Deciding when to do something and how what we do will affect the larger picture is critical.  I'm sure you've had those times in your life, career, family, or hobbies when the timing seemed perfect.  The sense of firing on all cylinders makes you feel on top of the world.  However, perfect timing can be elusive.  Timing was critical for Lazarus who was so ill.  Martha and Mary, Lazarus' sisters, sent word to Jesus of Lazarus' illness.  They were on a tight schedule with life and death on the line.  They trusted that Jesus could heal their brother, but were anxious that Jesus would  arrive in time.  It was hard for them to come to grips with the fact that Jesus' timing was off.

Everyone around Jesus was wondering about Jesus' timing.  Thomas saw things from a different angle that the sisters.  The Jewish leaders in the Jerusalem vicinity had already sought to stone Jesus.  When Thomas heard that Jesus wanted to return to the area so soon after the conflict, he was incredulous.  'Let us also go, that we may die with [Lazarus]' (Jn 11:16)  Jesus was imperiling all their lives.  When Jesus arrives, Mary and Martha separately read Jesus the riot act about dilly-dallying around which led to Lazarus' death.  The Messiah's timing was off by four days!  Even the friends of Lazarus thought the same.  They considered that Jesus was slacking off.  Jesus had healed the man born blind, but was unable or unwilling to make it to Lazarus' side in time.  

Have you ever wondered about God's timing?  Have you ever questioned where God was in the moment of your need?  Have you given clear direction to God about where and when He needed to show up?  I think we all have been disappointed by God's timing at some point or another.  We've lost job opportunities and missed important meetings.  We've lost mentors and loved ones when we needed them.  We've needed physical, relational, and spiritual healing, but found it wanting.  The hard truth is that God's timing is NOT our timing.  However, we can trust that Jesus is always on time.

However, most of the time we don't think about God's timing being poor.  The fact is, that God's timing is so good that we often don't notice it at all.  Friends, words of encouragement, 'lucky breaks', and 'coincidences' are all God's perfect timing in our lives.  The next time you start to feel like Thomas or Martha, spend a few minutes reflecting on God's perfect timing in your life.  Perhaps that will help you to declare your faith and trust in Jesus who is resurrection and life.  

Blessed to be a blessing,

Jonathan

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