The clock of Providence!
(Charles Spurgeon, "Flowers from a Puritan's Garden" 1883)
"There is a clock with which Providence keeps time and pace — and God Himself sets it!"
Our time is always now, for we are in selfish haste. But everything happens according to God's divine time-table. Our sovereign God is never before His time — and never too late. We may well admire the punctuality of Heaven.
Our trials come in due season — and leave at the appointed moment. Our fretfulness will neither hasten nor delay the purposes of our sovereign God.
We are in hot haste to order all our affairs. But the Lord has the leisure of omnipotence and unerring wisdom — and it will be well for us to learn to wait. The clock will not strike until the hour; but when the instant comes, we shall hear the bell.
My soul, trust in God, and wait patiently when He says, "My time has not yet come — but your time is always here!" John 7:6