|Is God ever late?|
I recall the story of Mary and Martha (John 11) who was frantically trying to find Jesus so He could come and heal their sick brother, Lazarus. Jesus finally arrived but He was late; in fact, too late according to their calendar. Lazarus was dead and had been in the tomb for four days. Twice they said to Jesus ... If only you would have been here. Jesus then called Lazarus to come out of the tomb. He did so. That day the sisters learned something new about Jesus, The Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25). Is God ever late? Is He ever too late? NO. .. though it may sometimes seem that He is too late. We wring our hands, wishing that He would do something. But God is always doing something. He is fully engaged.
At the time of my near-death automobile accident, God did a number of awesome things to reveal Himself to many of us. Soon after hitting the tree with my car, and hitting the steering wheel with my face, I am told that a large cluster of curious people gathered around the accident site. One of them was Kristin, a Christian nurse. She took care of me until the paramedics arrived. Twice my breathing stopped and she pounded my chest to get me breathing again. Humanly speaking, she brought me back to life
She later wrote an article about her experience that night. She entitled it PROVIDENCE. She explained that everything went wrong for her in the hours before the accident. Her schedule was repeatedly interrupted with delays and then . . . she came upon the accident. God used her in my life. Her article was a powerful explanation of God's over-riding involvement in our lives. She stated that there is no room for Christians to ever use these phrases . . . it just happened. .. It was a lucky break. .. etc. She was convinced that a sovereign God had arranged her schedule that night. He had put her in the right place at the right time.
Let me give you another illustration of God’s perfect timing. About six years ago, I asked the board of Barnabas International to find a new man to be the Executive Director of Barnabas International. A special committee was appointed. They worked very hard. We had some delays . . . some disappointments. .. and lots of questions. It must have looked like we were doing nothing. We were, however, thoroughly doing our task. Finally and amazingly, God brought the right man to us. It seemed like it was 'out of the blue,' but it was a God-orchestrated event . . . as to the person and as to the timing. Our Board of Directors is unanimously and enthusiastically pleased to announce that on January 1, 2005, Lee Hotchkiss will become our Executive Director. He comes with good experience as a pastor, as an overseas' missionary, and as a chaplain-to-missionaries with a well-respected overseas' ministry. We will soon be able to introduce him world-wide. He is a true Barnabas. You will agree when you meet him. Whether in his preaching, in his counselling, or in conversation over a cup of coffee, you will be blessed.
He is the great Programmer. He is the Architect of the universe and of our lives.... Yours and mine. Right now, what is the thing that is troubling you? Trust Him because He is at work on your behalf.