You will agree with me that there is something catchy or peculiar about God speaking to your mind in a very busy environment. Oftentimes we tend to believe that God only speaks whenever we are in a quiet place. Quite rightly He does but He does more for obvious and not so obvious reasons. He is quite dynamic in His approaches towards us, He could suspend protocols, speak at odd hours and give odd instructions. You simply cannot box Him into a corner, He moves as He pleases.
My experience on a fateful day of work was one of such odd manifestations of God’s dynamism. I had hoped to catch humans red-handed in their needless hustle and bustle and also to appreciate nature on this beautiful morning so I opted to go for a public transport, and true to my expectations a fight broke out at the bus park where I headed (humans do not disappoint in that regard).
As I stood at a corner wondering what could’ve infuriated a well-dressed man as to turn him into a fighting monster at the slightest whiff of provocation, suddenly I just heard “WHEN the Lord turned…” you can be sure of my next reaction as I turned around to see if anyone was nearby speaking to me but alas I was alone. Without wasting much time I knew I was about downloading privileged data from the heavenlies, so I adjusted myself in a comfortable sitting position, brought out my phone for jotting down notes and plugged my ears to reduce the level of noise in my surrounding. Now I am sure majority of us have heard so much about this verse, we even quote it daily but the rhema in there hasn’t really been made glaring to us yet. Did you know that as lovely and reassuring as the whole chapter is, there’s just one word that really caught my attention. Your guess is as good as mine, the word “WHEN”. In English grammar, “when” is an adverb of time or at least that’s the crux of the message that I was receiving. I got to understand that there’s an appropriate time for everything under the heavens just as king Solomon affirmed. There’s a time for birth and death, manufacturing and expiry, lack and abundance, training and mastery etc. I trust that you’ve heard “God makes everything beautiful in His time” He never comes too early or too late, just on time. Humans exist in a lower dimension to God hence we’re limited or bound by time. An average human lives in the present, he doesn’t know the future (by divine revelation you can) but God exists in a greater dimension, He created time and hence He couldn’t be subject to it, He has the past, present and future all existing before His eyes. When He says He’s got good plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11) that’s simply because He knows what bright future He has in store for you. When He says that your present affliction cannot be compared to the weight of glory that is awaiting you, He isn’t trying to bluff. He means exactly what He has said and He will bring it to pass because He doesn’t lie neither does he forget his promises, in fact He watches over His words to perform it (can you imagine that). It means His integrity is always at stake whenever He gives His words, His words do not fail and cannot fail so rest easy my friend.
This is a word for someone today, you are not alone, He’s with you every step of the way. To that challenge that is staring down at you there is an expiry time (WHEN) for it, to that fruit of the womb that you so desire, there’s a time (WHEN) for it. To that great mountain mocking your existence, there’s a time (WHEN) it’s going to skid off like a ram and be cast into the sea… All you need ask for is the grace to patiently wait for that time, never despair, keep the hope alive and be thankful always (yes, even in that troubled situation) remember 1Peter 5:10 NIV says And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast...You cannot suffer for ever, it’s only going to be for a while to toughen you up or mature you for the journey ahead. So whichever season you are in your life right now (beautiful or not so beautiful), use that time wisely. If beautiful – save, investfor the dry season, be merciful, sow seeds, make profits etc and if “not so beautiful” keep the hope alive, work on yourself by acquiring more skills, network with people, do not look your situation – be joyful and thankful and remember that sorrow endures for a moment, but joy always comes in the morning, your morning is at hand… Shalom!