“There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth” Ecclesiastes 3:1

My daughter may have just entered her teen years, but she still does the same thing she did when she was a grade-schooler when I tell her to “wait a minute.”

“One, two, three…” she’ll start to count.

To her, “waiting a minute” should take exactly that. Sixty seconds. (She’s very literal like that.) To me, that minute might actually be five minutes, depending on how long it takes me to complete whatever task I can’t get away from at the moment.

Don’t we treat God that way, too?

He has declared many times in His word that His timing isn’t the same as ours. When He says He will fix something, do something, or provide something, it isn’t always going to be right then-and-there.

But it will be when it’s needed most.

Let’s not get impatient like a certain young lady I know. Let’s try to stay away from the temptation to put the Creator of the Universe on a stopwatch. Let’s learn to trust that He has the whole scene in mind, not just our little corner of it, and He knows when that opportune time to act will come.

It’ll seem like an eternity to us, probably. But, it’ll seem like just the right moment to the One who holds eternity in His hand.