I Don’t Really Know What Time It Is

What Time Is It

Ecclesiastes 3:11:  He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

I don’t know if you’ve ever had the experience of being around a friend or relative or someone from work, usually later in the day, when one of you looks at the clock, which reads four PM, and says something like, “It seems like it should be five o’ clock, or later.”

The interesting thing to me is, every time this happens, the other person agrees. I don’t think they say what they do this just to be agreeable. It’s simply a matter of a shared sense of time which comes, no doubt, from spending a lot of time together and sharing a number of experiences during a day. We’ve found that if we’re busy, we think it’s later than it is. Conversely, if we’re doing very little (which almost never happens), we think it’s earlier than it is because there wasn’t anything much to fill those hours.

I think that the spiritual truth of this is that God’s time is always right—not too early, and not too late. We may think that God is late delivering on what God has promised, but that’s not true. When God does come through, in retrospect we see that we were not ready for what happened before that, for various reasons. But God sees all things and knows all, so God comes through just at the right time.

Praise God for knowing us, for knowing what we need most, and for being right there with us through time and beyond, to where time does not exist, to eternity. Amen.