When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen went into the sea, the Lord brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. Exodus 15:19
Timing again. Dr. Adrian Rogers once said, “Time is not nearly as important to God as timing.”* An aspect of “parting of the waters” is timing. Timing is one of my favorite things about God – His perfect timing. Sometimes we get impatient, worried, upset because things aren’t happening like and when we want. The Egyptians were on the heels of the Israelites with the Red Sea before them. Lazarus was in the grave for four days before Jesus came. A tremendous downpour on a Saturday in Southern Virginia. At the last minute, Almighty God opened up the waters so that the Israelites could walk on dry ground across the floor of the Red Sea. When they were safe and the Egyptians pursued, the ground became mucky and then the Red Sea closed over the enemy. Rather than coming to heal Lazarus, Jesus came later to raise him from the dead. His timing may bring some nail biting, pacing then probably intense prayer and pleading (good place to be).
Rain delayed progress on Jim’s walk. What a waste of Saturday. Or was it? As we sat on a spacious turnout in quite a downpour, Jim was able to be interviewed by phone for an extended period of time. Also, we were located where it wouldn’t take much to drive to Elk Park, NC, to attend church where our son and his wife had ministered. We had a wonderful visit with the people and “miraculously,” it was a beautiful day on Sunday.
We were then able to go visit the grave of our infant grandson who had tragically passed due to premature, spontaneous delivery because of complications of our daughter-in-law’s ruptured appendix. While there, we planted some flowers and took pictures. Those pictures turned out to be very special. A month later, all 25 members of the Buckley family, walked across the George Washington Bridge into New York City on the way down to Times Square where Jim completed his walk across America. We each had a copy of one of those pictures to carry across the bridge, to represent our grandson going with us.
Take note. God’s perfect timing. It would have never happened if it hadn’t been for that timely downpour. We were at the very closest spot to that precious town on a strategic Saturday, stopped by the rain. I love you, Lord, for your perfect timing.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6-8
*(Beth Moore quoted Dr. Rogers in her study Living Beyond Yourself.)