“A wizard is never late, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.” — Gandalf the Grey
The hobbits in The Lord of the Rings are questioning why the wizard that they had been counting on was late. Wise Gandalf replies that wizards arrive precisely when they mean to. The hobbits experienced fear, frustration, anxiety, and anger because they had a timetable in their mind, and so they assumed that Gandalf was somehow missing the boat because he wasn’t aligned with their timetable. But he was precisely aligned with his timetable, the one that truly mattered.
Don’t we do the same with God? Even if we trust that He loves us and wants to help us, we somehow think that we know exactly what He should and when He should do it, and when He who has infinite power, patience, and intelligence decides on a different timetable, somehow we automatically conclude that our timetable is right and His is wrong.
Think a moment about how silly that truly is. We think our timetable is right and God’s is wrong, and that He should surely know that and be following our schedule.
Think about it. How many times in your life has God showed up exactly when you needed Him? How many times can you recall when His timing was absolutely perfect? And now think about the untold times when He showed up behind the scenes at the precise right time and you didn’t even know it? To keep you from a wreck? So that you would meet a special someone or not meet someone who would have ruined your life? To open up a door or close one you didn’t even know about?
If you’re frustrated, if you’re fearful, please keep this as a sign in front of you: God Is Always On Time. No exceptions, no mistakes. We can always count on God’s perfect timing for His grace.