On our recent visit to Atlanta to spend some time with our daughter Becca and son-in-law Tom, I was reminded that God’s timing is not our timing. And thank God for that! It’s been said that we make plans, and God laughs! I have a picture in my mind of God sending out this text message: “Hey angels! Get a load of what Dave is planning this time . . ." And the angels text Him back a bunch of those “rolling on the floor with laughter” emojis!
Sometimes the difference between "my timing" and God's timing is pretty small, like the day we flew to Atlanta. We fly "standby," so we never quite know when we will get two open seats .and be able to fly. (But that never stops me from "counting on" getting on the flight we originally sign up for!) We signed up for the 12:30 p.m. flight. We got bumped from that one to the next flight at 3:00. And then, bumped to the flight at 5:00. And from there we got bumped to the 7:30 flight. Thank God - literally - we made it on the 7:30 flight! If we hadn't made that flight we were seriously considering hopping in the car and driving 18 hours to Atlanta, because all the flights the next day were over-sold!
Other times, God’s timing differences are much bigger. After enjoying a few days with Becca and Tom, we headed to South Carolina for three days on the ocean at Isle of Palms. It was unseasonably hot and humid there. It was that kind of humid where you feel like you are breathing water instead of air. I found myself saying - more than once - "It would be nice if we'd been able to come here next week when the heat and humidity will be gone."
THANK GOD His timing was not mine!
A week later, Hurricane Ian made landfall just a few miles from our Isle of Palms beach retreat! On the evening news we saw pictures of a street we'd walked down in Charleston [similar to the cobblestone street pictured here]. Instead of cars driving and people walking we saw water flowing through the street - hip-high! Thank God for the reminders that He always sees the Big Picture and as a result always knows the perfect time for everything.
Pastor David Dauk