Not long ago a friend said that they had lain out of church for quite a while, never quite finding the right place, but that when they had come here it clicked for them. He wished they had come sooner, and he sensed that they had wasted some valuable years.
Maybe so. We can waste time in life. The biblical life span of threescore and ten passes oh so quickly. So we do want to seize every opportunity that the moment affords.
But it is also true that the time has to be right for us to take certain steps. There are particular steps of growth that we simply cannot take any sooner than we do.
Our Christian life is more like the world of agriculture than that of manufacturing. Factory production is on a schedule and efficiency is at a premium. But how can one schedule things of the spirit? And as for growth, it is anything but efficient. Spiritual growth is more like agricultural production: the time has to be right before a seed can germinate, a shoot can sprout, and fruit be borne.
The Divine Gardener has an eye for such seasons in our lives. In what season do you sense that he has you now? What growth is sprouting? Is it time for you to act?