While at the circus recently, I watched in amazement as 5 motorcycle riders zoomed around inside a cage doom. While the performance was going on I texted my son (along with a picture) and said, "these guys are crazy!" Obviously timing was essential. Each rider had to make his way around the doom at exactly the right time. I later asked someone, "how do they practice this?" I never got an answer to that question but one thing is clear: whether it is motorcycle doom riding or life in general, timing is important.
Sometimes we know we need to have an "important talk" with our spouse, child, or co-worker; but we know that timing is important. Sometimes we are on the verge of launching a new life venture or project. We are excited about our prospects for the future but timing is important. Sometimes we come to the point where we know that a life change is needed. But it is usually not wise to "leap into the future." Timing is important.
In Galatians 4:4, Paul writes, "in the fullness of time God sent his son..." For years Christ's coming had been prophesied and anticipated, but God sent him into the world at just the right time. If timing is important to God, it should be important to us as well.
The writer of Paslm 31 (vs. 14-15) says, "I trust in you, Lord; I say, 'You are my God.' My times are in your hands..." If our times are truly in God's hands then it is important for us daily to seek Him as we discern the timing of important decisions and actions in our life. Sometimes life does spin us about; like motorcycle riders inside of a cage. But if we entrust the decisions and actions of our life to the sovereignty and rule of God, we can be sure that in His time His plan will be made known.
From Psalm 31 we see that three things are essential:
1. Trust in the Lord: We can be sure that He loves us and wants only the best for us.
2. Acknowledge God's sovereignty: We need to make a conscience decision to let God be in control.
3. Seek God's timing: We may be tempted to act on impulse, but if we seek God's timing we can have confidence in our decisions.
Perhaps the time is right for you to: seek spiritual guidance, find healing from past hurts or trauma, or possibly work on mending a relationship that has been in strain. If this is true, I encourage you to call us. We are ready to join you in the journey of healing and seeking God's perfect timing and plan.!
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Dr. Allen Schneider is a United Methodist pastor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist presently serving the Sapulpa and greater Tulsa communities.