EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: I hope you enjoy God's perfect timing

2013-12-22T00:00:00Z EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: I hope you enjoy God's perfect timingBy Paul Appold nwitimes.com
December 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

It is often said, “Timing is everything.” And there is a great deal of truth to this.

Comedians work on having the right timing for their punch line. A good storyteller needs to have their timing in perfect rhythm. An athlete needs to have perfect timing to be able to throw, hit, or kick the ball with the right accuracy. An auto mechanic checks to make sure the engine is operating in perfect timing.

In this Christmas season, I marvel at the perfect timing of God. To begin with, he is the creator of time. It is no wonder he chose the perfect time to send his son, Jesus Christ, to this world. First, God chose the one who would prepare the way for Jesus. His name was John the Baptist. God also chose the perfect parents for John. Their names were Zechariah and Elizabeth.

Then God chose the young woman who would become Jesus’ mother, the Virgin Mary. God sent the angel Gabriel to tell her this news. Mary wondered how this could be, since she was a virgin. But, Gabriel said, “Nothing is impossible with God.” Mary was amazed and listened as the angel explained this miracle, then responded back to him saying, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.”

God was surely using his perfect timing to make certain Jesus fulfilled every prophecy. His earthly parents needed to go to Bethlehem, to register for the emperor’s tax. And while they were in Bethlehem the Christ child was born, just as the prophet Micah had promised. The angels announced the birth. The shepherds adored and worshiped him. Some time later, the magi from the East came to bring him gifts and worship him as well, to fulfill prophecy as well. It was all timed perfectly by God.

All of us struggle with timing for one reason or another. We struggle with dance moves, some of us more than others. We have trouble telling jokes and stories because we are forgetful. We forget to take our medication at the right time. We say the wrong thing at the wrong time.

Today, praise God for his perfect timing. His son Jesus came with perfect timing for the sake of the whole world. The message of Jesus could be sent out across the known world on well constructed Roman roads. Most of the known world was familiar with the Greek language. And there was peace throughout the Western world, relatively speaking. It was the perfect time to get the message out, to let the world know that the savior was born, who is Christ the Lord.

God has a reason for each of us to live our life. At times we may struggle with this. But our purpose may be to help people, and to encourage them to live a hopeful life.

I encourage you to follow the example of Mary, who believed the angel’s timely promise that said, “With God all things are possible.”

This Christmas, I hope you will have perfect timing to share this message of hope with someone who might be feeling hopeless. It might be just the thing, at the perfect time, they needed.

Have a wonderful Christmas season!

The Rev. Paul Appold is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansing. The opinions are the writer's.

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