There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven … a time to heal. Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 3
You have probably done road trips with kids who are constantly asking, “are we there yet?” In the days before every kid owned some kind of electronic device to keep them busy or cars came with movie screens, I would pack up things for them to do while we were driving. No matter how carefully I planned for their entertainment, they were still asking that same question. Constantly. Are we there yet? Generally, my response would be, “would we still be driving if we were there?”
If healing is my destination, this verse assures me that I will get there. Am I there yet? No. But there is an appointed time for my healing and for yours. My timetable isn’t the same as God’s; much as I would like Him to heal on my schedule, He hasn’t. But healing delayed is not healing denied. I have had arthritis in my knees for forty years but I still believe there is an appointed time for me to walk without pain. I will make it to my destination. What is your destination?
When I read further on in this chapter of Ecclesiastes I find where Solomon, full of wisdom, comes to this conclusion – that there is nothing better for them (you, me) than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; moreover, that every man (woman, child) who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor – it is the gift of God.
If our life is like a road trip, we can spend it asking the question – are we there yet? or we can spend it seeing good in all our labor and rejoicing and doing good in our lifetime. If we are preoccupied with the destination, we miss the journey. I have heard that referred to as Destination Disease! Like any disease it is one that eats away at the good things in our lives and purposes to keep our thoughts and attentions away from finding joy in this present moment.
Focusing on this present moment requires intention. It requires that we stop asking the question about our arrival and start finding something to celebrate right here, right now. By God’s grace we can do that, one present moment at a time. We will arrive at our destination – there is an appointed time for it. The question becomes will we make the most of our trip or wish it away focusing on the destination?
Thank You Father, that there is appointed time for my healing. Forgive me for my impatience and my willingness to let go of this moment because I am so focused on some future moment. I am so grateful that You hold all my moments and Your plans come to pass in my life in your timetable. Grant me the grace I need as I chose to rejoice in this day, the day You have made and leave my destination in Your hands. Amen