In the right place at the right time

536 in the right place at the right timeAt a customer acquisition meeting in one of our stores, an employee told me her strategy: "You have to be in the right place at the right time." I thought that this is certainly a good strategy. However, the whole thing is easier said than done. I've been in the right place a few times at the right time, for example when I took a beach walk in Australia and came upon a group of people who had just seen whales. Only a few days before, I had been able to observe a rare bird, the laughing Hans. Would you not love being in the right place at the right time? Sometimes it happens quite by accident, other times it is a prayer hearing. It is something we can neither plan nor control.

When we are in the right place at the right time, some people attribute it to a star constellation and others simply call it luck. Believers like to call such a situation "the intervention of God in our lives" because they believe that God was involved in that situation. An intervention by God can be any situation that makes it appear that God has brought people or circumstances together for the good. "But we know that for those who love God, all things serve the best, those who are called by his counsel" (Rom 8,28). This well-known and sometimes misunderstood verse does not necessarily mean that everything that happens in our lives is guided and controlled by God. However, he encourages us to seek the best even in difficult times and tragic circumstances.

When Jesus died on the cross, his followers also wondered how this horror experience should produce something good. Some of his disciples returned to their old lives and worked as fishermen because they had resigned to the conclusion that death on the cross meant the end of Jesus and his mission. During those three days between death on the cross and the resurrection, all hope seemed lost. But as the disciples later learned and we know it today, nothing was lost with the cross, but much more won everything. Death on the cross was not the end for Jesus, but only the beginning. Of course, God planned from the beginning that something good should come out of this seemingly impossible situation. It was more than coincidence or the intervention of God, but it was God's plan from the beginning. The whole of human history led to this turning point. He is the central point in God's great plan of love and salvation.

Jesus was in the right place at the right time and therefore we are always right where we are right now. We are exactly where God wants us. In and through Him we are surely embedded in Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Loved and delivered by the same power Jesus raised from the dead. We do not have to worry about whether our life is worth anything and makes a difference on earth. No matter how hopeless the living conditions around us seem to be, we can be sure that everything will be put together for the best, because God loves us.

Just as the women and disciples desperately gave up hope during these three dark days, sometimes we too despair over our own lives or the lives of others because there seems to be no hope in sight. But God will dry every single tear and give us the good ending we long for. All this happens only because Jesus was in the right place at the right time.

by Tammy Tkach