God's Timing

October 1, 2021
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Psalm 31:15a – My times are in Your hand. (NKJV)

When you're in need of a particular friend for a particular reason and they show up at your door, what do you call that? Luck? Coincidence?

Okay, but what if they live in another state? Now you have to factor in the possible twists and turns that their journey would have to take in order to deposit them at your doorway at the exact moment. Things like stopping for gas, traffic lights, car trouble, millions of events could put them off by a millisecond.

What if they were the only person who could help you with this … oh, let's call it a computer problem … because they were the one who installed the program to begin with?

If this is sounding like Twilight Zone, welcome to my world!

I was determined not to call Charles, my Information Technology guy. He was a dear friend who had gone through an emotional upheaval at a vulnerable time in his life and had moved to another state. I didn't want to add to his problems in any way. I sat on my hands, determined not to call him. And I prayed … a lot.

Wait for it … at the exact moment that I gave up and reached for the phone, Charles was standing in my doorway. I thought that I was hallucinating! He "happened" to be passing through town on his way to a business appointment. He dropped in to say "Hi" and catch up on old times.

After I regained my composure, I told him about my dilemma and the joy of seeing him. With his usual calm demeanour, he said, "Get up," as he sat down at my desk and fixed the problem in minutes. Then he was gone, leaving me to ponder the "God Thing" that had just happened.

Yes, I know that I could have phoned Charles, and he probably could have walked me through it, but God chose to use this opportunity to demonstrate how much He loves me/us, how much He is concerned with every little detail in our lives, and how close He is to His children.

I'm happy finally to get this story told; it took a while. I realize now that it wasn't only about Charles arriving at a specific moment in time. It's about God's timing — that's where it's difficult to put words to paper. God's timing seems so far removed from our daily lives, something we'll never understand with our mortal minds. I have let go, because to understand this experience would be to understand the mind of God.

It is enough to have experienced God's love in a very personal way. It is enough to know that the Creator of the universe loves me, loves all of us, and knows every little detail of our lives; nothing escapes His loving gaze.

Let's not allow red lights, long lineups, and other such delays to phase us any more, because everything is part of His divine order.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us always to remember that You are in control. Even though the situation looks and feels chaotic, there is order within the chaos. We don't have to figure it out but simply breathe in Your Spirit and enjoy the stillness. Amen.

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Judy Holmes <judyholmes9500@att.net>
McComb, Mississippi, USA

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    A good reminder, Judy.

    Beautiful witnessing message. Thanking the caring Lord.

    What a teachable moment! While worth sharing. Blessings.

    That’s an amazing story, Judy. God really does answer prayer.

    Amen and Amen.

    Dear Judy:
    Dontcha just love it! HE is amazing!

    Judy, your devotional today rings so true. Thank you for jogging my memory.

    Well-told, Judy. Helps me! Grateful for your sharing your experience and faith today. Please keep writing.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us! Yes! God’s timing is always amazingly on time! Blessings.

    God’s timing is unbelievable isn’t it! Only he knows the big picture.
    Thank you for sharing your story.

    Judy, it’s often difficult to let go of “lucky” and “coincidence” and fully embrace God’s timing. Yet, every time we do, God must be delighted.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Dear Judy, Like yourself, I have encountered similar situations more times than I can remember. Definitely not coincidence but God’s hand at work.
    Praise be to God!
    (QC, CANADA)

    Your DD touched me. Our family is going through bewildering trials at this time; but it is amazing how many “coincidences” have taken place at just the right time!
    Bless you for your writing – which came at “just the right time”
    (BC Canada)

    Dear Judy,
    I truly felt encouraged by your inspiring devotional this morning. I feel uplifted and more hopeful… timing? Thanks so much!
    Blessings, Joy, Laughter,
    (Ontario, Canada)

    So true. Good writing. I like the sayings “the more I pray, the luckier I get” and “when I quit praying, the coincidences stop too”.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Judy, thank you for your refreshing reminder that God is within every detail of our lives, knows our need, and surprises us many times with a very unexpected response. I love these times. It’s like he is telling us: “I’m here.” Be encouraged as you encourage others.

    Hi Judy. Thank you so much for sharing this story. It truly is a God wink. And I agree with your interpretation — God is demonstrating how much he loves and cares for you and that He is watching over you. I appreciate the reminder!

    Dear Judy:
    Thank you so very much for your inspiring devotional. Your prayer at the closing was exactly the prayer I was needing to pray!
    Our Lord is good and greatly to be praised and I thank Him and you for meeting a need of mine, today!

    Dear Judy,
    Thank you for sharing this power devotional with us today!
    It was indeed reassuring of the power of Our Jesus Lord and saviour!
    Your experience brought tears to my eyes!
    May the good Lord continue to bless you richly.
    Be safe and have a wonderful weekend.
    (Ontario, Canada)

    Good Morning, Judy,
    Thank you for writing the devotional today. I have had a similar experience… for HOURS. I got through all the steps to connect my computer with a new printer… hours. A friend who is head of IT with a large hospital foundation did for me what Charles did for you… in five minutes. Your words expressed beautifully my sentiments.
    Thank you

    Dear Judy,
    It is always encouraging to hear someone’s testimony to their believe. You have nailed many of our own thoughts in this devotional and tied them all together to help us gain a comfort and peace. We all do struggle when God’s timing isn’t our timing and our prayers seen to go unheard and we have to learn that they never go unheard. But God chooses wisely how to respond to each one of them. When we finally come to peace with that only God sees the bigger picture and knows best, we can enjoy all those other moments that he sends our way and relax about the other ones.
    Thank you for sharing so honestly and thoughtfully around your experience and helping others to move towards that understanding of God loves us completely and we can “breathe in the His Spirit and enjoy the stillness”.
    May you continue to encourage others with your thoughts and experiences and that you also are encouraged by others. May God bless you with more wisdom to share. Thank you.

    Thanks Judy, for your devotion.
    You hit it on the head.
    Yes, remember He is in control.

    Wow! What an astoundingly perfect example of what I too have experienced and believed! Not only that … the timing is so significant in my current interior conflict! Praise God – from whom ALL blessings flow.
    Thank you, Judy, for sharing this extremely important truth.

    Hello Judy,
    Thank you for sharing your story “God’s Timing” in the PresbyCan Daily Devotionals.
    Your story is so true – God knows what we need and when we need. People or things are put in our path just when we need them. Back in university, there was a time where I felt so depressed. I wanted to drop out or even as far as wishing my life away; and just at that moment of deepest despair, while I was all along sitting under a tree far away from the campus building where none of my colleagues could recognize it was me, there came running a friend – just the person I needed. She is Christian and God gifted her with exactly what I needed to lift my spirit and clean my thoughts. That moment in my life not only cleansed me but pushed me forward to finish my undergrad degree and go on to my master’s degree.
    In the same way, I also believe God put me in front of my husband. Someone helped me, I help someone.
    This is but one incident – there are others, but that moment woke me up and realize something about the miracles and acts of God.
    Blessings to you Judy.

    Oh, my goodness Judy
    I have tears in my eyes reading your devotional today!!! This happens and it boggles my mind every time!! We have to be more aware of this, so we do not miss out on His timing. I have experienced this so many different times and wow, it is all in God’s timing.
    I really felt to go to see a friend but did not have her phone number but just felt determined today was the day. I went and on my way, I thought, oh I should stop and see, since I am going by but NO. determination as if it was the goal for the day. I drove further and same idea came to mind and again, NO, had to go to my friend. Well, I found her place by accident because I had only been there twice before but sure enough, God turned my eyes to her place and wow, this looks like her’s. parked the car and went to the door and sure enough, I had the right place, she was so surprised to see me, she just was about to leave to her mom’s. two days ago, I felt to stop by on my way home to see her, I get to her door, and she was surprised because she was looking in a book to see if she had my phone number by chance. I mean, really!!!
    God bless you and may God’s timing be obvious more and more!!!!

    Judy, thanks for telling this “God Thing” story. I love these stories when I imagine God, our loving Father, smiles as he surprises us in these moments. Thanks for the uplifting reminder.


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