Monday, April 9, 2012

It’s All About the Timing

After a month of blogging, I have learned that it requires at least two things: good ideas and timing. For the last two weeks, my timing has been really off, which is why I have not posted. I had several great ideas for Easter related posts, but in most cases, I didn't finish writing them in time. It doesn't make much sense to post something about Good Friday on Easter Sunday. I see now why another blogger suggested having several blog posts already written before I started blogging to keep a flow going. She was really talking about timing. Fail.

Timing is a funny thing. Sometimes it’s great and leads to a chance meeting. I think back to how Dave (my husband) and I met at Timber-lee Camp in East Troy, Wisconsin. So many things went into the timing of that: when I became a Christian; not getting a graduate assistantship and needing to take a summer job; staying on at the camp in the fall and working with Dave on the weekends. Had any one of those things changed, we might not be married. Of course, I could also count the fact that I didn’t die from some mysterious virus when I was five months old, or that I wasn’t seriously injured or killed when I almost fell off a roof while volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in high school.

I may not have become interested in writing if Mrs. Czechvala hadn’t given me an A+ in 6th grade on a limerick I wrote about a frog crossing the street.

I may not have become the owner of a very affectionate orange cat if my friend Leslie’s cats had been nice to her in the brief time she owned her.

I may not have become a Christian yet if I had gotten the prestigious job I wanted on campus between my junior and senior years of college. Instead, I got a job that actually paid more and I worked with a lot of Christians – and one of them led me to the Lord.

Of course, timing has a dark side too. Why did my grandmother have a stroke when I was 16? Why did my husband lose his job and remain unemployed for several months a little over a year ago? If my sister-in-law hadn’t been a lifeguard at one time, would she still have gotten the melanoma that killed her?

Timing is what makes things funny or sad at a particular moment – comedians and dramatic actors know that well. Sometimes we affect timing and sometimes others or circumstances affect timing. In the end, it all seems to work out, though, doesn’t it? I believe that’s because God is sovereign, meaning that He is in control of all things. Nothing happens without a reason. I can look back on many events in my life and see now why they happened the way they did. Some I’m grateful for; some, not so much. But it’s a comfort to me to know that things don’t randomly happen. So I guess, if I look at it that way, I’m always right on time.

How is your timing? How have different events in your life shaped you? Have some of the bad things turned out to have a good purpose at some point?

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  1. I absolutely abhorred moving to West Lafayette!! But I can see how moving here has helped to shape my children's lives in ways that would not have happened in Crown Point.

    I was totally against helping with MOPS childcare several years ago but I can see how God used that to prepare me for my daycare business.

    The sad thing to me is that, even though I accept and trust that God is sovereign, I will probably have to be dragged kicking & screaming into whatever He has for me next!

  2. Oh Leslie, as my friend dee would say, "Isn't that a kick in the head?" You're not the only one who probably will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the next thing. The worst part about it is that we know we can trust Him, we know He only has good things for those of us who are His children and we know He will continue to do this in our lives over and over again...and we still go kicking and screaming! Sigh.

    And by the way, I would never have met you if I had not come kicking and screaming to Indiana from Wisconsin. And look at the blessing I would have missed!

  3. And I would have missed a wonderful blessing as well!

  4. My timing in reading this was perfect! But compared to when you initially wrote it, I'm late! Thank you for such true words and sharing. I've been working on all of this myself. I am thankful for the memorable event where God used a sudden back pain problem for me to take pain medication on the missions trip. He knew the need and worked things out for the little girl a continent away, and three weeks ahead of time. Yet I still go kicking and screaming into what God has for me next. Do I really take my need to be in control that seriously? Yep. I need daily reminders to trust God, because I truly cannot even trust myself. Now I have to struggle with why I'm just beginning to understand that in my 40s, instead of earlier in life.

  5. I am right there with you Ken! I've been a Christian for 20+ years and I'm just now starting to get that I need to trust God for more than just my salvation - I need to trust Him for my sanctification too. What a revelation that has been to get my brain around!