rev-dr-walter-t-richardson_web.jpg“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” —Galatians 4:4

Two superstars have been playing on separate teams for a few years, and both stars have had the desire to wear coveted NBA championship rings. Their respective teams have performed well, but in the last several attempts to make the finals, they have come up short.

One explanation could be that the time was not right for the Miami Heat or the Cleveland Cavaliers. Well, over the last few days, deals have been signed to bring these two basketball greats together, and now Dwyane Wade and LeBron James will play on the same team.

Is it time now for the championship to return to Miami? Or is it possible that this lethal scoring combination of Wade, James and Chris Bosh could be problematic? Is this the right combination, the right team, the right time?

Most of us schedule the fulfillment of our hopes and dreams on an idealistic timetable.  We definitely want to be a car owner by 18, a college graduate by 25, married by 26, homeowner by 29, established in a career by 30, and have two children by 35. Many, if not all, of our plans are made without consulting God about his timing for us. We feel angst if the designated age passes, and the desires of our hearts for that age have not yet come to fruition.

God operates on a different timetable from ours.

While we operate by the calendar and the clock (chronos); God’s timing (chairos) is whenever he deems the timing is right and appropriate for our lives — in the fullness of time.

When there is an acceptance of chairos, and less emphasis on chronos, God does His best work. There is a reunion in the spirit realm between chairos and chromos, where super meets natural, para meets normal, and extra meets ordinary where miracles are birthed, just in the nick of time.

If you’re waiting for your miracle, surrender your chronos to His chairos, and in the fullness of time, yes, when the time is right, you will receive His best for you.

There are times when sickness, disease, pain, uncontrolled inconvenience, unemployment, limited resources, failed relationships, arrogance, jealousy, hatred, disobedience in children, low self-esteem, obesity, substance abuse, racism and sexism interfere with the timing of our destiny.

During those times, it’s always good to confront those challenges honestly, confess your own faults openly, cultivate your prayer life continually, commit your ways to the Lord daily, and don’t forget to claim your victory passionately.

Because when the time is right, in the words of the late Bishop Walter Hawkins, “You’re gonna win!”

The Rev. Dr. Walter T. Richardson is the senior pastor emeritus of the Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, 10701 SW 184th St. in Perrine.  He is also an adjunct professor of religion at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens.

WRichardson@Stu.edu