Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
Daniel, 7:22, KJV
Timing is everything. On Super Bowl Sunday, the temperature at game time was a balmy, 49°, 15 degrees warmer than average. The next day, not 24 hours after the game was played, there were 8” of snow on the ground in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where the game was played at MetLLife Stadium. Had the game been played just days prior, when the temperature was in the SINGLE digits, it would have been an unpleasant experience for fans and players alike; had the game been played just hours later, it would have been a snow bowl, fun to watch (on TV), but challenging to play in.
Timing is everything. From the approach to the ball on the “t” to the “fair catch” called for by the return man; from the snap of the ball (just ask Peyton Manning and his center re: the Super Bowl Safety heard round the world) to the place kicker’s successful field goal attempt; from the routes wide receivers run to the precision timing with which quarterbacks throw; EVERYTHING, and I mean everything, depends on timing.
Timing requires the use and balance of time. And most of the time, we think we don’t have a whole lot to do with it, but then again, if we think about it, most times we do. Spiritually, we need to do like Job and wait for our change or our “timing” to come. There are good and bad times for doing things; good and bad times for saying things; good and bad times for some things in general and a lot of things in specific. Timing requires waiting and waiting requires patience. And most of us don’t like to wait, much less to be patient.
While most of us believe that timing is everything, the doubters and disbelievers amongst us would like to argue and debate our concept of Divine Intervention when it comes to time. The Bible is full of accounts where God stepped in just in the nick-of-time to save, to heal and to deliver his people. Yes the skeptics may scoff and scowl and snarl that God does not care and that He is distant and afar off, but for those of us who have been the recipients of His perfectly timed intervention, His perfectly timed mercy and grace, we know much better; we know this is not the case.
“As for God, His way is perfect,” including His timing. “When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (Galatians 4:4-5). The New Living Translation puts it this way:
But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.
So we conclude from this and many other examples that in life and in sports, timing is everything. And so it is with YOUR life. God knows the right time. He knows the right time for everything. Don’t be a fatalist. Look for the hand of God even in your lowest and loneliest; even in your weakest and worst; even in your darkest and most desperate hour, God’s timing is at work. He knew the right time to send His Son; He knows the right time to deliver you; and He knows when the right time will be for the saints to possess the Kingdom.
The words of song sung by Garrett Hedlund are true.
When the stars line up
And you catch a break
People think you’re lucky
But you know its grace
It can happen so fast
Or a little bit late
Timing is everything
You know I’ve had close calls
When it could’ve been me
I was young when I learned just how fragile life can be
I lost friends of mine
I guess it wasn’t my time
Timing is everything
And I could’ve been the child that God took home,
And I would’ve been one more unfinished song
And when it seems a rhyme is hard to find
That’s when one comes along
Just in time
I remember that day
When our eyes first met
You ran into the building to get out of the rain
Cause you were soaking wet
And as I held the door
You wanted to know my name
Timing is everything
And I could’ve been another minute late
And you’d never would’ve crossed my path that day
And when it seems true love is hard to find