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Late last night, I was looking up the search term “it wont be one second late appointed time” to see which of my posts it led to;  it ended up being “Trusting God’s Timing” 10-8-12.  As I was scanning down the search results looking for it, my eye was caught by the inclusion in one of the results of a little image, the only image on the page:

castroller

The result it flagged was in fact for Castroller.com, and it led to a sermon of JO’s that, now that I’ve watched it, I remember the opening joke for, so I assume I’d seen it long ago, but have never transcribed it:  “#452 – Your Set Time is Coming.”  Why did I pick this one old sermon to go see, of the many that regularly come up in my search results because so many of them contain sermon titles, none of which I previously had the urge to check out?  I guess it was because of my curiosity about that image, which I assume appeared because this is a video rather than Castroller’s more typical “podcasted audio track” of the videos…  but this is NOT their only JO video, so why was this the first time the image had appeared?

Anyways, I bookmarked the video to watch today.  The text blurb on that page is:

“The moment God puts a promise in your heart, He establishes a set time to bring it to pass. Habakkuk 2:3 says, “The vision is for an appointed time. Though it tarry, wait earnestly for it. It will surely come.” It won’t be one second late. When we understand this, we won’t live frustrated and discouraged when things aren’t happening as quickly as we would like because we know God is lining up everything as it should be for the appointed time. When it’s your time, nothing can stop it from happening…”

Yahoo, in their very FINITE wisdom, routinely delays my daily JO newsletters until early the next day.  As I was going to bring up the video to watch today (1-31), I opened the newsletter, which starts with:

“The Best Time

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“The vision is yet for an appointed time…”
(Habakkuk 2:3, NKJV)”

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(When I went into my inbox to copy this out, the newest email, the one right about the JO one, had as its subject line:  “Timing is everything!”  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

The message is the EXACT same one, conceptually, as in the video sermon…  but it NEVER uses the word “set” or the phrase “set time.” See for yourself:

 

“TODAY’S WORD

The scripture says, “The vision is for an appointed time.” That means there is a specific time already determined for the fulfillment of the desires God has placed in your heart. The appointed time is the best time! We have to trust that God can see the big picture for our lives. He knows what’s up ahead. He knows what we’re going to need, who we’re going to need, and when they need to show up. If God did everything we ask on our timetable, it would limit us because sometimes, what we’re asking for is too small. Sometimes the person we think we can’t live without, God knows in ten years they’re not going to be good for us. So He is closing the door right now. Sometimes the promotion we want so badly, if God gave it to us right now, He knows it would keep us from a much bigger promotion that He has three years down the road.

Remember, God has the advantage of seeing it all. The longer I live, the more I trust Him. The more I see His hand of faithfulness, the more I know that His plan is better than my plan. Today, trust that He knows what He’s doing. Trust that He has an appointed time, and it is the best time to bring to pass His promises in your life!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father, today I put my dreams, desires, hopes and longings into Your loving hands. I trust that the vision You have given me is for an appointed time. I know Your timing is best so I will praise You until I see the promise in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

 

Although I am, as JO always says, a believer and not a doubter, I’m also wary of seeing things with a prosaic connection as miraculous synchronicity;  could JO’s newsletter have prompted someone to post the video for a sermon with the same message on Castroller?  Google shows the video to have been posted on Jan 24, 2013, and the newsletter just came on 1-30, so no.  (As a tangential issue:  this sermon is from February 2010, so why is it just being posted NOW?)  I can’t imagine that JO checks Castroller for new postings of old sermons to use for newsletter ideas, and this sermon is from 3 YEARS ago, so there’s no reason for him to have it in mind for ANY reason.

So:  Why did this “coincidence” happen?  Because God wanted me to be aware that He has set a time to fulfill MY dream, and that the time is SOON;  why else?  His time is by definition the optimal time, and when that time comes there will be beauty for my ashes.  Smaller things in my life that had been off the rails for some time have been falling into place recently;  the big one will be resolved any time now.

And finally:  I saw a lovely cross today on an auction site, a glamorous yet subtle one that I’d wear every day:

Cross loop Pendant

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