Have you ever experienced something and wondered if it a coincidence or if it was meant to happen? You meet a friend in town you haven’t talked to for some time, and that friend shares she is going through the same ordeal you just went through. You hear a song on the radio that speaks to your heart and then sing a hymn with similar words on Sunday morning. You go to Sunday school, have a marvelous lesson, and then hear a sermon on the same scripture but with a different approach.
Are all these experiences mere coincidence or were they meant to happen? Maybe meeting your friend was not a coincidence but God’s opportunity for you to minister. Maybe that song on the radio was God’s opportunity to prepare your heart for the hymn you would sing Sunday morning. Perhaps the Sunday school lesson and the sermon on the same morning was not mere coincidence, but God’s opportunity to emphasize to you what he wanted you to hear and know.
This Sunday, Daylight Savings Time will begin. A few years ago, the first day of DST was changed from the 1st Sunday in April to the 2nd Sunday in March. Why? To redeem an extra month of time. I find this interesting since DST begins during the season of Lent, a time to remember our own redemption. You see, for all eternity, God redeemed time on Good Friday and validated it with the Resurrection.
In the economy of God’s kingdom, time carries special meaning and significance. For God, time is not only a matter of event, but also a matter of meaning. This is called “kairos” - God’s time - his appointed time - a timing for his purpose and plan. The Bible says that at just the right time, when we were powerless to save ourselves, in that “kairos” moment, Christ died for us. Lent is God’s opportunity to speak to us on eternal matters and to show us that things happen for a reason and many times for a divine purpose.
Time will change for a few months next Sunday. Time changed for all eternity at the cross. The next time a coincidence happens in your life, it could be God’s perfectly timed, “kairos” moment of opportunity for your involvement in his plan of redemption.
See you in the “opportunity” place each Sunday.