How many times have you used this phrase? How many times has someone said it to you? Depending on the situation, how did it make you feel? Of course, when we’re saying it, it doesn’t have an effect on the one delivering, but what about the one receiving it?
People tend to use “It’s about time” for things like: I’ve been waiting for over an hour OR I’m getting married(depending on how long you’ve been dating a specific person or your age) or if you’ve been without money/job and you are hired by a company or if you’re settlement cashes in. We typically say “Well it’s about time.
Personally, I’ve used this phrase a ton. But today, God said to me to be wise when I speak. Now, if you know me, you know I had to say “Why you say that” and instantly started recalling times when I’ve used this phrase. On my journey to becoming a better me, I’m often confronted with past behaviors to point out growth and areas that I still need to be delivered in/from. This is one of them. Saying things like “it’s about time” could cause the person who has been waiting for God to show up, to stop waiting. This phrase, could potentially cause you to lose your witness.
Think of it this way. Cindy, has been straddling the fence with becoming a believer. She’s been enduring a lot of hardships and you’ve been speaking to her about the “Goodness of God” and how HE’s always on time. Well, Cindy is now out of work and is in need of help-financially. You allow Cindy to borrow money to cover her expenses, not knowing when or if you would ever receive it back. It’s been months and Cindy is still out of work and still is in very much need of help-financially and spiritually. Finally, Cindy goes back to work and receives her first check where she’s able to pay you back…..one year later. She’s smiling, grateful that God has blessed her with you, the new job and is ready to accept her walk/calling-but still just a little apprehensive. The two of you meet, she’s happy-still smiling and extends the money she borrowed from you. You take it and say “It’s about time”(Whether you meant it or not) imagine how Cindy must feel after you've said this to her? Her smile turns into a puzzled look with a hint of nervousness. You tell her you’re just joking, but to her, she now feels a little thrown off. She begins replaying previous conversations about the “Goodness of God” and how she needed to trust that better days were ahead. She becomes slightly withdrawn. Deep in thought wanting to know “why”-why you of all people, would say that to her, knowing her situation ……And where you are in your journey/walk with Christ. Why-well, your comment of “it’s about time” has caused you to lose your witness. Psalm 119:105 says Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. You’ve told Cindy that you must trust God, that HE will bring you out. Providing a lamp to her feet to do so, but you turn out her light, with one simple yet powerful phrase…”It’s about time”. Blessed are we when we trust in his word against all contradictions. Knowing that, you contradicted what HE has said and done for the believer whose still struggling-by again, using one simple yet powerful phrase.
Now, you can say “you’re looking too deep into this” but am I really? I challenge you to think back to a time where you were on the receiving end of that phrase. How did it really make you feel? We tend to say that phrase when we’re annoyed with an action that should have happened sooner than what it did.
God has an amazing way of reminding us and revealing amazing revelations on our journey. HE reveals it when HE believes we are ready to receive it. And will remind you of just how much you have to lose by not heeding to it.
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