- With our mouth salivating over the thought of a warm piece of our favorite cake with a cup of coffee, we pull it from the oven fifteen minutes early and although it had every required ingredient in it and in the right amounts, those ingredients desperately needed just fifteen more minutes for perfection.
- We begrudgingly sip lukewarm coffee because we couldn’t wait and pulled it from the microwave 30 seconds early.
- On the first warm day of early spring we plant our tomato plants and then must throw them away after a surprise late frost.
- On the rebound from a painful breakup we believe we’ve checked off all the boxes in our ‘discovery list’ in the first person that comes along and too late realize we should have waited just a bit longer!
We are an impatient bunch.
There is a phrase in Scripture that would have turned the disappointments and disasters above into something far better. The phrase is “in the fullness of time.”
The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Galatians (4:4-7), and in it spoke as if the whole world had been waiting for something historic. He said, “When the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son. …” There is something very important to learn from this verse.
This most monumental event in all of history got its start 4,000 years ago when a Middle Eastern nomad named Abram was told by God that from his seed all the nations of the world would be blessed. It would take centuries of ups and downs, broken promises, slavery and delays. Until the time was ripe.
God has his own calendar. He measures time differently than we do. Jesus didn’t arrive early or late, but on time.
You can enjoy BLT sandwiches with your own succulent tomatoes if you wait to plant them until the proper time. You won’t wash down your unbaked cake with lukewarm coffee if you’ll just be patient.
And God’s prescribed plan for your life will find glorious satisfaction if you follow these directions: “Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 Amplified Bible
It pays to invest time in waiting for the ‘right time.’
That rose will look much better if you don’t try to pry its petals open!
“Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,
And as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He is
gracious and favorable toward us.”
Psalm 123:2 Amplified Bible
“Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised.”
Hebrews 6:15 NLT
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