God’s Timing Is Not Our Timing

In our gospel story this weekend we hear a number of excuses for why people can’t follow Jesus. One invitee has to go bury the dead. Another wants to say goodbye to family. Jesus has what seems like a stern response when he says, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” Jesus seems impatient with these excuses.

There is an old saying that timing is everything. I don’t know about you, but I often imagine that my plans are in order with God’s plan as I set out to enact the things I believe God is calling me to do. It is good for us to remember that God stands over time. He holds all things in being and the whole world moves according to his Divine Plan. We are called to respond to the Lord’s promptings in our lives, trusting that his plan is perfect.

God’s timing is also always perfect. A blessing comes right on the heels of a tragedy or crisis. A time of suffering comes in the midst of a time of peace. Why? The “why” question is one that gnaws at our human tendency to want some control over our lives. In our desire to hold some control we often struggle to accept a situation that does not meet our expectations.

Sometimes I want to be the GMOTU!

A wise priest once told me, “Brother, you are not the GMOTU (General Manager of the Universe).” The reality of our lives is that our Loving God is in control. He manages the universe. It is His will that I must seek—not my own. When I try to be the GMOTU, I take on a burden that is too heavy to carry. Does not the God who has counted every hair on my head know what is best for me?  In my struggle to control, I may question God’s will. I may fail to trust that God knows what is best for my life. When I let go of my desire to control and surrender my will to His, I experience TRUE FREEDOM!

God has a plan for your life and for mine. His plan is perfect; mine is flawed. He sees everything, and my vision is limited. He brings all things into order at just the right time—his time!

As we celebrate the Feast of St Peter, we can take a lesson from a saint who started out kind of rough in his life of faith, but became a true follower of Christ.  Jesus is calling you and me to set our hands on the plow and not look back.  Let us re-commit ourselves to living for Christ TODAY.

In His love,
Deacon Tim

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