I have heard miraculous stories of people “being in the right place at the right time” on many occasions before. One major set of incidents that I can always vividly recall are the stories of those who were supposed to be at work in the twin towers on September 11, 2001. One CEO was late to work because he had to take his son to kindergarten, another lady was late because she spilled food on her clothes and had to change, and yet another was stuck on the New Jersey turnpike because of an automobile accident. I don’t personally know any of these survivors but I would dare to say that they were all feeling inconvenienced and impatient that day as they hurried along to where they felt they should be. I am certain that these people felt this way because just the other day I had the same attitude. It was Friday evening and I was running late for a 5:00 appointment. (This was really bothering me because I made a vow this year to work on my punctuality.) Various hindrances on the road were getting me further off schedule and I still had to stop at the ATM in Walgreens to get some cash. As I stood in line waiting for my turn for the magical grey and blue machine to spit me out a few twenty dollar bills, I became increasingly impatient. The guy in front of me must have started his transaction over five times! I was so angry and it was starting to show. At one point, I even peeked around him to ensure that the machine was actually working. Shortly after my nosey gesture, his transaction was finally completed. I rushed to the machine and opted for a quick $60 and ran out. Yes! I was finally about to be where I thought I was supposed to be…
The moments that would follow that ATM run would remind me of this profound scripture: I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11 NLT) As I traveled to my destination just moments ahead on my path, random shots were fired and several people were injured. People who were driving were hit by bullets, cars were spinning out of control and this was all happening where I thought I was supposed to be. See as the scriptures states, just because I was in a hurry didn’t mean that I would get to the end…everything depended on me being in the right place at the right time which was being in His place in His time! Similar to the CEO with the kindergarten son or the young woman with a soiled dress, I was elated to know that God knew exactly where He wanted me to be when He wanted me to be there.
I believe this lesson should be applied across various areas of our lives. Many of us are not content because we feel as though we are not where we thought we would be at this moment. We are single when we thought we would be married, we are not financially stable when we thought we would be wealthy, we are at dead end jobs when we thought we would running our own companies, our families are broken when we thought they’d be restored and the list goes on and on. It seems like a nuisance and hindrance right now but just wait until God shows you exactly what He’s been up to! Rest assured knowing that God has you exactly where He needs you to be. Now please don’t take this as an excuse to be complacent where you are. You can still proceed ahead to your destination but don’t get angry when a roadblock or detour stalls you for a moment.
One of my favorite quotes on greeting card that I received years ago reads: “When we stand on the brink of eternity looking back at this earthly existence, we will know then what we know now only by faith and that is that God makes no mistakes.”
Please forgive me for the times that I may have been irritated by a situation that You placed in my life to slow me down and keep me from harm or heartbreak. I trust your guidance and know that you have my best interest in mind. Lord, please help me to trust that You have me just where I am supposed to be even when my flesh wants to be somewhere else. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I challenge you to EMPOWER yourself to trust that God has you in His place in His time and when it’s safe for you to move on, He will give you the green light. EMPOWER your spirit to follow His lead.
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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible more than anything. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and two lovely daughters.