Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:

A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.

This week, I am reminded of the value of time. I lost a dear brother recently and paused to reflect on the impact his life had on so many around us. I found myself thinking about the need to complete as many projects as I could effectively carry out within the shortest possible time; the need to deploy all the talents I felt God had given me so that they are multiplied was intense and I almost got carried away by it. I had to pause and remind myself that the right time for Mr A is different from the right time for Ms B. The right time for me, now, is to know God more and to do His will.

Knowing our limitations and our frailty as mankind, as compared with divinity, should make us yearn for more of God’s grace, God’s strength and God’s help. The Lord has promised us constant support in the Person of the Holy Spirit, our Helper. We, therefore, have no excuses; we have no reason to fall and remain grounded. Even if we fall or derail, we immediately return to the Lord and He is faithful to set us back on track. We have no reason not to live life at or in ‘the right time’.

Think about your current situation and you just might find that you are majoring on some minors! Flip the switch! Focus your attention on understanding your times and seasons and the plans God has for you at this time. Fulfilling those plans at the right time is the way to go!