Saturday, December 29, 2012

Is It Time Yet?

I always got a kick out of our first glimpse of the adult Jesus at a party with his mother. When she asks Him to do something, He tells her He doesn't think it's a good idea.  Sounds like conversations I've had with my own thirty-something son:
"Not now, Mom."
"Really? Now?"
Sounds a bit like what Jesus said to his own mother:
Dear woman, why do you involve me? My time has not yet come.--John 2:4
At least He called her 'dear woman.'
But, aside from the common familiar comedy of it, the situation reminds me of something important.
Even in the kingdom of God, there are times for things.

Jesus knew this at the above wedding, when He told His mom that it was not yet time for Him to be acclaimed for public miracles.
He knew this later, when His friends went to Jerusalem for the festival, but He did not:
Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do.--John 7:6
He also knew when His time had finally come:
Jesus replied, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified."--John 12:23

And He also knew when the time had not only come, but was over:
 “It is finished.”--John 19:30

It is the same for us.
There are times for things.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to reap, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance...--Ecclesiastes 3:1-4

It's true.
Once a life situation begins, it will probably end.
Once we pick something up, we will probably have to put it down.
Once we take someone into our life, we will probably have to let them go.

Not worship, love, or my battle with sin, of course. Those will continue all my life.
But the others? They will all, at some time, end.
And it's OK.
Their time has either not yet come, or is over.


  1. When something has to end and I don't want it to &/or don't understand, it helps me to know God has it all under control.
    Thanks for joining The Sunday Community today!

  2. I have always thought similar re: Mary, just as you did. [and most people, I'm sure.] One thing I always think of is the fact that, as He does more and more, she seems to become a bit nervous and wants to pull Him back home. And He has to set her aside a bit. THAT'S a struggle. And we need to focus on Him in spite of what is on our paths in this day and age, whatever effects our lives. Much on our plates ... both spiritually and culturally. Not so easy.

    Good sharing, thinking. Thank you.

    1. Hmmm...good thoughts. I keep remembering Christ telling Peter to get behind Him. God will not only refuse to be mocked--He refuses to be hamstrung by our human agendas. We can have our own way only as long as it is the same as His.
      Always like your comments, CaryJo.

    2. Thank you, too. Very sweet of you.

      Sometimes I push buttons too hard. But, God draws us closer and closer to Himself, as long as we will not set Him aside for our daily world aspects.