Each of us have different perspectives about “on time.”For some folk, “on time” means 10minutes before the appointment / event.Other people, “on time” is anything +/- 10minutes of the appointment.And this can make a rub between folk who have these different perspectives, as well as how we perceive God’s involvement with time.
Consider that not only are God’s ways higher than our ways & also God’s timing is far superior to our timing. And with this thinking, God is neither late nor early, but always in divine time, giving what we need, when we need it. God’s timing is always perfect!
Wrapping Christmas presents isn’t in my top 5 thrilling adventures. So I’m a late wrapper. In addition to being a late wrapper, I’m also not a very good wrapper. I have the “get ‘er Done” mindset. But lest we miss the whole point, keep in mind that we’re endeavoring to express genuine love & generosity, regardless of the wrapping or when we wrap our presents
I’d propose that our Heavenly Father wants to let us a know a few things this Christmas to reinforce His genuine love & generosity to us:
Wrapping: Jesus, the Fathers ultimate gift to us, came wrapped in human garb, as a newborn
Timing: Paul says that in the fullness of time, Jesus became flesh to live among us. God’s timing is perfect!
Spectacular: despite being wrapped in human garb, Jesus’ arrival was announced with splendor, grandiose display & jubilant celebration.
It’s ok if you’re a late wrapper, a crummy wrapper or if you’re a timely & spectacular wrapper! No matter what, let’s keep genuine love & generosity our primary goal!
My husband and I have different perspectives about what it means to be “on time” for an appointment. He thinks that being “on time” for an appointment is sitting in a chair at the appointment 5minutes before that scheduled time. I think that being “on time” means that I’m in the parking lot of the building or near vacinity at the scheduled time. This discrepancy in opinions has created just a little tension in our 20+ years of marriage – ok, maybe more than just a little tension, say I with a wink.
Generally, I get myself to places I need to be mostly around the right time but this strategy doesn’t always work out so well for me, of course. There have been occassions when being late has caused me to miss important things, created unnecessary angst and I’ve burned a few meals because I haven’t paid attention to the time.
I’m thankful that God is always “on time.” While we might think that God is late or last minute, let’s be abundantly clear that God is in charge of time, so maybe “late” is only a human experience. Indeed, Martha & Mary thought that Jesus was too late to heal their brother Lazarus when he died. In one sense, Jesus was too late for healing, but in another sense Jesus was right on time for resurrection. Let’s be certain that we keep our plans adaptable to God’s schedule!
In the meantime, I’m endeavoring to work on that “on time” thing.