Just On Time

7 07 2010

At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” Daniel 4:34-35

Corrie Ten Boom got up during the initial bombing of Haarlem, and she joined her sister, Betsie in the kitchen for a cup of tea. When she returned to her bed she found a large piece of shrapnel on her pillow. She asked Betsie if she could imagine what would have happened had she not joined her in the kitchen. Betsie replied that in God’s economy there are no “ifs.” The truth of God’s absolute sovereignty in the affairs of man is a lesson that Corrie found to be true throughout the course of her life. I have often in times of low faith doubted if God would or could come through. What I have found is that God is always right on time.

When I was supporting my mom back from 2002 through 2004 I often found that I got overtime just as a new expense came up for her (just on time) When I got a job in the mountains of California, in which I had very few living expenses, I found that during that time a Christian brother needed a lot of financial help, which I was able to meet(just on time) When people at a certain job were trying to get me fired for a year they failed every time. When my mom no longer needed my help I was off that job in two weeks (just on time) When my mom was getting food stamps, she received notice in June that she would no longer get them, but starting in July we realized she didn’t need them (just on time) I found that a door seemed to be opening for me to take another job. I began to follow the leading and found that I was about to lose my hours at my current job (just on time)

I have had many jobs and worked with many wonderful people, and have missed them after leaving. Most of these jobs I had worked for several years. I was assigned to a local library branch for about a month recently. There were many wonderful people there whom I will miss seeing on a daily basis. When I left however you would have thought I had been there a year or two. I was blessed with compliments such as, “You’re the best security guard we have had in years.” “One of the reasons I love coming to work is because you seem so happy and it cheers me up.” I was given a few gifts before I left and was told how much of an impact I had made on some people there. I likewise felt blessed by their outpouring of love, especially having been there for such a short time. I was thinking on the subject and it seemed plain. God put me there because I needed them, and they needed me. We all needed each other even for a very short time. This is the joy of following Jesus; we may not always understand why He puts us somewhere, or why He tells us to move on. One thing I have come to expect and appreciate is that He seems to always be……just on time.

Written By: Richard Garland

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