“There is a time for everything under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 3
I can mentally assent to the truth that God does everything in his proper time but I don’t always appreciate that truth experientially. Many times, I’d like God to expedite my prayer request and desires. I want them now! Why can’t he understand that? When I don’t get my way, I sometimes behave like my just-turned-three-year-old Iliana. I throw a tantrum. I moan and groan to God. I mope around–at least internally. But when I step back, I think about how distasteful unripe fruits and vegetables are. Or really anything that we eat uncooked or half-baked. There is a natural rhythm on the earth, seasons. There are seasons of life. There are natural rhythms and seasons in the spiritual life, too.
God is not a “shove-it-through-half-baked-sloppily-done” God. He does all things well and everything happens in its time. While we’re in the process of bearing fruit, really we shouldn’t be self-concious of it, that is unhealthy, but if we think of it for this particular metaphor, we must think about the fact that God wishes us to bear healthy, ripe fruit. He does not wish it to be plucked or offered until it is ripe.
All throughout the book of John we hear Jesus say, “My time has not yet come” or hear the disciples report “his time had not yet come.” Jesus did not do anything out of turn. He didn’t try to make a puzzle piece fit where it didn’t go. We often do that. And then we wonder why we are having trouble or why there is chaos in our lives.
If we would just submit to God’s timing, to the natural rhythm of his universe and kingdom, then we’d be filled with peace and see that he does make everything beautiful in his time.