Timing Is Everything

MetLife Stadium In the Snow

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

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As Good As It Gets

NFL-Denver-Broncos-Peyton-Manning

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8, KJV

Peyton Manning is as good as it gets.  He’s a nice guy.  He’s a humble star. He’s a great quarterback, and he’s one win away from winning another Super Bowl. So I’m not rooting for Denver, I’m rooting for Peyton Manning, because is time out for the nice guys finishing last. 

The Denver Broncos won the won the 2014 AFC Championship Game 26 -16 over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots and Peyton Manning is the reason for it. “He hit eight different receivers in completing 32 of 43 passes for 400 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. The turnover the critics expected never came. Instead they saw Manning dominate the Patriots and rival Tom Brady.

This game was all about Manning and Brady. On this day, one was better. This time, it was Manning. Brady finished 24 of 38 for 277 yards and a touchdown. But he got 135 yards of that in the fourth quarter when Denver had a big lead. Now there is no denying it anymore: Peyton Manning is something special.[1]

24 months ago, Manning wondered if he’d even be able throw again. And now here he is one victory away from his second Super Bowl ring and maybe finally getting the recognition as one of the all-time greats that he so richly deserves.  Manning’s playing career and statistics have ranked him among the greatest quarterbacks of all-time.

Peyton Manning is as good as it gets. He’s clean; he’s smart, and he’s good.  And you like to see the nice guys finish first, not last.  He’s had a white hot start to 13-3 season and he’s set records that may never be broken.   

As a leader, Peyton Manning is as good as it gets. He knows the way, points the way, and goes the way.  Isn’t that what we expect from our leaders?  The list of great sports leaders is long and distinguished. In light of the coming Super Bowl, we recall some of the great ones that come to mind, including Ray Lewis, Tom Brady, Troy Aikman, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, John Elway, and Peyton’s younger brother, Eli Manning.  In this list of Super Bowl MVP’s, all save one are quarterbacks.

You want to cheer for Peyton because of what he’s been through. After taking baby steps learning how to throw again after 2011 neck surgery, Manning hoped he’d get another shot to show he was quarterback royalty, even if many doubters still existed — sometimes even being one of them himself.   Now, at the age of 37, after his career looked to be over two years ago and he couldn’t throw a football 10 yards after his surgery, somehow you get the idea he will savor this one a little more.  So I ask you doubters out there to appreciate all he’s done to get here. How can you not?