Timing is everything. Many of us have heard this said several times.
If you’ve been on this earth as many revolutions as I have, you know just how true this saying is. A great idea becomes a very bad idea if its not the right time. Saying something that is true at the wrong time can create a lot of bad feelings and regrets.
King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, knew all about the importance of timing. He wrote about it in Ecclesiastes – “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”
How do I know the right time?
Some of the activities he lists are easy to figure out – “a time to mourn and a time to dance.”
Others are not as easy – “a time to search and a time to give up”. How can I be sure it’s time to give up? With my personality, I have no trouble persevering, the question is when to give up.
“A time to keep and a time to throw away”. Some people never think it’s time to throw away. I am a semi-minimalist so I like to give away things I’m not using.
“A time to be silent and a time to speak”. I wish I got the timing right on this one more often.
As I read King Solomon’s list, I realize how much wisdom I need if I’m going to get the timing right for many of these ‘activities under heaven’. And I’m thankful that I know where to get that wisdom. God clearly tells us in the first chapter of James that he generously gives wisdom to everyone who asks for it.
I know where to go to get the answers for some of these very tough questions about timing. I have learned to ask God to move when it’s the right time. And then I watch and wait and do what I already know to do until God shows me that now is the time – his time.
Thank you, Abba Father