That’s some good timing

2 Kings 8:1-6 1 Elisha said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, “Get ready, you and your household, and go and live as a foreigner wherever you can. For the LORD has announced a seven-year famine, and it has already come to the land.” 2 So the woman got ready and did what the man of God said. She and her household lived as foreigners in the land of the Philistines for seven years.3 When the woman returned from the land of the Philistines at the end of seven years, she went to appeal to the king for her house and field.

4 The king had been speaking to Gehazi, the attendant of the man of God, saying, “Tell me all the great things Elisha has done.” 5 While he was telling the king how Elisha restored the dead son to life, the woman whose son he had restored to life came to appeal to the king for her house and field. So Gehazi said, “My lord the king, this is the woman and this is the son Elisha restored to life.” 6 When the king asked the woman, she told him the story. So the king appointed a court official for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, along with all the income from the field from the day she left the country until now.”

You know that awkward moment when you are talking about someone and they are standing behind you?  One of my favorite examples of this is from the movie, “Liar, Liar” starring Jim Carrey.  He is talking about his boss when she walks up behind him.  Or how about in “Kung Fu Panda” when Po is imitating Master Shifu?  Everyone else in the room gets that horrified look on their face while the person is making a fool of themselves.  That’s some bad timing!

On the other hand, sometimes we have really good timing.  Maybe it’s when we hit the checkout line just when there are no people waiting in line.  Or maybe we show up to  Costco on sample day.  Good timing feels like someone is watching out for us.  It can change your whole day.  This lady in 2 Kings 8 had some amazing timing!  Just as the king was hearing about how Elisha had raised her son from the dead, she entered the room.  The king was marveling at God’s greatness and moved by the story, so he restored all her land and her income back to her.  It was like winning the lottery.  She left the king with more than she was asking for.

What we cannot ignore is the fact that God orchestrated this event.  She lived in the land of the Philistines for 7 years and it was on this day that the king first heard her story.  It was on this occasion that she entered his presence and asked for his grace.  The world believes in chance or coincidence; I believe in divine appointments.  God cared for her so much that He arranged the timing of this meeting in such a way that she would be given much.  And I believe God had this in mind 7 years prior when she left.  He knows us, He loves us, and He has our life in His hands… down to the minute.  Little did she know that God had planned in advance.  In the words of 1 Corinthians 2:9, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”

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