June 8

Written by Bill Grandi on June 8th, 2021

I have often said-and firmly believe- the phrase:

“God is seldom early but He’s never late.”

That is a useful thought when talking to someone who is waiting…and seems to have  been doing that forever. The big (unanswerable) question is “Why?”

“Why do I have to keep waiting?”

“Why is God not answering my prayer when He says He will?”

There are many questions centered around waiting.

But let’s look at the idea of God’s timing in another way. This past Thursday evening, I went to visit one of our graduating seniors and her parents. Due to a wedding on Saturday, I was unable to attend her grad party. (Bummer. They catered Mexican).  But it was even better visiting, laughing, and reminiscing in their home than at the party where details would not have allowed that. Meilynn had been adopted from China in 2009 at the age of 9. What a delightful little girl she was with a winning smile (once she got over her fear). And she has become a beautiful, young lady graduating from high school.

Back on topic. After several “I better get going” I finally did. Almost 3 hours later!!  (They like to talk not me).  🙂 🙂 On the way home, I came to an intersection, stopped, and since no one else was waiting, preceded. As I turned left toward home, I was the recipient of a Mini-Cooper running a stop sign and kissing the passenger door on the driver’s side. Yeah, he got me good (and I have not heard whether it is totaled or not).

To the timing: One minute later he is gone. One minute earlier I am gone. 30 seconds would have been enough time. There’s a reason for this. I don’t yet know what it is. But someday soon I will (I think). I do know this: I am grateful he hit just behind my door/seat.  Cars can be replaced.

Point: 30 seconds either way avoids the accident.  If I had left the house earlier or later. But God’s timing is perfect. I will trust that.

“Father, thank you for Your perfect timing. Help me to always remember that in big and small things Your timing is perfect.”


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Morning, Bill. I’m so sorry about your car but grateful you are OK. I love your quote. It is so true. God seems fit to take us to the brink sometimes in waiting. Even when we don’t think we can take a minute more, He has us still wait to keep all reliance on Him. And “suddenly” He comes through. He is the God of Suddenly! I hope it all works out with your insurance company.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thanks for your concern Diane. I know God had His hand in it and on me. And you are right about God’s actions. As for the insurance company: I am waiting on his to contact me. 🙁

  2. Ryan S says:

    I second Diane sentiment… Very thankful you are OK. In regards to timing, I have really tried to quit figuring it out. You are correct, seconds either direction could have prevented that accident.

    I had a conversation with a close relative a number of years ago. The conversation was regarding circumstances, consequences, and timing. Sometimes we do not know why we go through things. Sometimes we pray that God will remove us from the circumstances. I think more often than not, God will not remove us, but is there with us.

    Even Jesus, God’s own son, prayed in the Garden to be removed from what was to come. Not that God has favorites or anything, but I suspect if Jesus wasn’t able to pray himself out of the circumstance, I won’t either. What I can do is pray that God be with me through the circumstance and give me his peace to endure.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I agree with you Ryan. I am more inclined to say God will take us through something than to say, “Here go this way and you will avoid all pain and suffering.

  3. God’s timing is perfect, Bill, and I’m glad to know He saved both you and the other driver from what could have been serious injuries. What a blessing!