We need to be prepared for pivotal momments of life and recognize the times and seasons God has ordained for us.
The story is told of a man who rushed into a suburban station one morning and, almost breathlessly, asked in breathless anticipation/ with bated breath asked the ticket agent: ‘When does the 8:04 train leave?”
“At 8:04,” was the answer.
“Well,” the man replied, “it is 8:02 by my watch, 8:00 by the town clock, and 8:07 by the station clock. Which time am I to go by?”
“You can go by any clock you wish,” said the agent , “but you cannot go by the 8:04 train, for it has already departed”
Time is moving forward hour by hour, minute by minute. There are multitudes who seem to think they can live by any schedule they choose and that , in their own time, they can do what they need to do.
I am reminded of an event I saw in the bible, the bible indicates that this event happened about 1400-1500 BC, a group of Israelites decided to try and possess the land of Canaan the day after God told them the opportunity had passed. They were routed by the Canaanites (Num 14:39-45). The train had already left.
The ability to understand the times gives an insight as to what to do. Very often we try yo reap during planting season, plant during harvest, run when we should be resting and rest when it is time to run. This will cause us to miss the train every time.
I am also reminded of a verse I saw in the old testament “Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert (Isa 43:19)”
Notice the phrase ” spring forth”, these words mark a shift in time. Something new is about to spring forth. ” Will you not be aware of it ?” He asks. Never give up. Your shift may be closer than you think.
Also notice the word “new”, this speaks again of a shift. In the new testament, two Greek words are translated “new” even though they have different meanings. The word neos means numerically new but not different. For instance , if you buy a brand new Sony Z smartphone, you have a new phone, but there are hundreds more just like it all over the country. It’s new but it’s not different.
The other Greek word for “new” is Kainos, which means not only numerically new but also qualitatively new. This refers, for example, to a Sony Z# smartphone manufactured today as compared to a an older model. The newly manufactured phone will be numerically and qualitatively new because it’s diferent. Distinguishing the dynamics between these two expressions neos and Kainos can be very important in our personal and business growth.
From time to time, lobsters have to leave theirs shells in order to grow. They need the shell to protect them from being torn apart; yet when they grow, the old shell must be abandoned. If they did not abandon it, the old shell would soon become their prison and finally their casket.
The tricky part forthe lobster is the brief period of time between when the old shell is discarded and the new one is formed. During that terribly vulnerable period, the transition must be scary to the lobster. We are not so different from lobsters. To change and grow , we must sometimes shed our shells- a structure, a framework- that we’ve depended on.