Several years ago our choir and orchestra went on a mission trip to Argentina. There were concerts scheduled over the 12 day trip. In between singing, we served at several missions to work. Now I’m not a world traveler, so I was shocked that people in different cultures didn’t quite keep my own sense of time and scheduling. We Americans are pretty punctual – down to the last minute – so I was surprised when our concerts would start two hours later than planned. Boy, did I learn a thing or two.
God was at work in His timing, preparing our hearts and minds of every person we came in contact with. It was He who prepared people to hear as well as respond to His message.
Now that I know the difference, I see how I’ve wasted countless hours during my lifetime. Americans spend on average six months sitting at traffic lights over a lifetime, one year searching through desk clutter for lost items, eight months opening junk mail, and 1,700 hours watching television.
Thank goodness God isn’t bound by my schedule or any schedule at all. He lives in the eternity time zone – I live in the temporal. God is above time. And when it seems as though He is late, this is what we need to remember: God is never late. He is always on time. We may lose sight of God, but He never loses sight of us.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in His time.”