The timing of things can be almost unbelievable. Just a few seconds, a minute, or an hour can change the course of our lives, the people we meet, and how we can make it through our day. We’ve probably all experienced those things in one way or another…a word that is spoken just as we are about to make a life-altering decision…a person that crosses our path just as we turn that corner…the flowers that are delivered just as we are leaving the house…a phone call made just as someone needs prayer. Sometimes we avoid trouble in those just as moments, and sometimes we walk right into it. Sometimes we can see the blessing in those just as moments; sometimes we wonder how things went so very wrong. We have to remember our enemy, Satan, is alive and well, working hard until the very end. Watching for God in our just as moments can help to keep us connected to our Father’s all-knowing ways. It can build our trust in His sovereignty. Here is a story from 2 Kings about a just as moment that brought great results.
The king was talking to Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, and had said, “Tell me about all the great things Elisha has done.” Just as Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, the woman whose son Elisha had brought back to life came to appeal to the king for her house and land. Gehazi said, “This is the woman, my lord the king, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” The king asked the woman about it, and she told him. Then he assigned an official to her case and said to him, “Give back everything that belonged to her, including all the income from her land from the day she left the country until now.”
2 Kings 8:4-6 (NIV)
Did you catch it? The just as moment? The timing of God and how it changed a life?
I attended a conference at our church this last weekend. There were probably 150-200 women there. At one point in the conference, we were supposed to connect with at least 5-7 women in the room. Just as I was finishing with one woman, I saw a woman sitting at a table nearby. I went and connected with her. That was on Saturday. On Sunday morning I help with a grief group that meets after first service. We had two new women join us that morning, one of which was the woman sitting at the table. She had wanted to reconnect after the conference, but being that we are a large church, it would have been difficult to find me again. I don’t know the plan God has for the two of us, or even why she was searching for me. But I’m intrigued!
Searching And Noticing the Divine can happen every single day in those just as times of life. Just as we turn, just as we leave, just as a word is spoken… It is interesting when we begin to notice God’s perfect orchestration in all of it all. Some just as times do bring us pain and sorrow, some bring us joy and laughter, that is true. But with faith in the Almighty, we can start to realize there is a greater purpose than what we might presently see. We can begin to understand that God doesn’t waste those just as times. They serve a heavenly purpose. Our Father showed that with His Son, Jesus, in so many ways.
Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven
being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
Mark 1:10 (NIV)