When I was a kid, one of my favorite late summer activities was going to the peach orchard near Haysville, KS. The peaches were warm and perfectly ripe for picking. As we filled our baskets, I couldn't resist taking a big bite of that juicy fruit.
It wouldn't have done much good to go peach picking in January. They don't ripen until August. When our pastor brought a lesson this Sunday on "the fulness of time," I just knew I had to cherry-pick. *ahem*
The fullness of time is a Biblical phrase that relates to God's perfect timing. When you pray, have you noticed that the Father says yes, no, or not now?
While Christ walked this planet, He was sometimes questioned as to His timing. When Jesus was summoned to heal a dying Lazarus, he delayed two days, until his friend was dead in the tomb. But how did that story end? The glory of God was witnessed by many as the Son of God raised Lazarus from the dead. Perfect timing, huh?
The God who established the days and the seasons is not constrained by our earthly clock. He moves in and out of the dimensions of this world. The sun, moon, stars and planets obey His bidding. Our Heavenly Father can see the big picture and take it all into account.
As the world prepares for a time of intense tribulation, Christians should be using the time we have left to tell others our stories, share the Gospel and look above.
"Trees have their seasons at certain times of the year when they bring forth fruit; but a Christian is for all seasons."--Ralph Browning