Few years back, I was going to attend my usual classes as a home tutor. The shuttle buses in the estate plies only two routes, and I had always used one of the routes, the shorter one to my destination. This particular day I got to the bus station pretty late and I was very anxious to meet up my schedule. But sadly, the bus to my route was about departing when I got there. If I had arrived few seconds earlier, I would have been the last passenger on that bus, but I narrowly missed it! It grieved me because it meant I would have to wait for about an hour before another bus gets filled up. Invariably, some persons in the departed bus may have waited for about an hour before it got filled up, while one passenger got in right on time, and it could have been me, I had thought.
In my displeasure, I decided to go through the longer route for the first time. After about 30 mins of waiting, we departed, but to my greatest amazement, by the time I alighted at a bus stop which I suspected was close to my destination, I looked up ahead and discovered the bus I missed just arrived too on the other side. As I walked to the house, God told me these words: ‘You’ve been worried lately that many of your counterparts have been gainfully employed, some already married and well off, and you’re are still struggling to meet up. But just as you arrived to your destination same time as the bus which had gone ahead of you, howbeit you went through a longer and unusual route, you would meet up with and overtake many who have gone ahead of you. So, do not be anxious, you will get there, and I will fulfill your heart desires.”
These words were to me like a cup of cold water in a desert. That was the end of my worries about why I was struggling to secure a job 3 years after graduation from the university, plus other concerns that had kept me in a frustrated state. After that day, my confidence in God increased, and I learnt to lean on His precious promises. And today, I testify that His words are true and his promises ever Sure!
Interestingly, Nigeria is one hour ahead of Ghana but this difference in time does not make Ghana backward in relation to Nigeria. Neither does this make Ghana less privileged than Nigeria or vice-versa. Both countries are located in their geographical places in time. This is a case of many nations as well, and this is simply due to their position on the earth. Since different parts of Earth enter and exit daylight at different times, we need different time zones, and so we are on different time zones.
This phenomenon of Time zones has a great lesson for us. For instance, someone may still be single at 35 years. Whereas another person may get married at 25 years of age, and yet wait for 10 years before having a child. Also, there may be another who gets married at the age of 35 and have a baby within the first year of marriage. In the same vein, someone may graduate at the age of 22, yet would wait 5 years before securing a good job; and another may graduate at the age of 27 and secured a gainful employment immediately!
We do know of someone who became a CEO at age 25 and died at age 50 , and another person became a CEO at 50 and lived up to 90 years. Yes, everyone has his appointed time and so works based on their Time Zone. The scriptures has it that, ‘There is time for everything under the Sun…Time to live and time to die! (Eccl 3:1-2). People can only have things worked out in their season. So, work in your “time zone.” Obama retires as the President of the United States at age 55 while Donald Trump became the 45th American President at 70. Time and chance happens to all!
Your Colleagues, friends, younger ones may seem to have gone ahead of you in some respect. And of course, some may appear to be behind you. The truth is, you need to run the race of life at your own pace. According to Lailah Gifty Akita, “Do not compete with anyone in the race of life. Compete with yourself.” “Life is like a race between cat and rat. But rat mostly wins because cat runs for food and rat for life. Always remember purpose is more important than need.”-Red Sky. In the same way, God has a different plan for everybody. Time is the difference, and time and chance happens to all.
There is beauty in every age of life. “Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty in every age of life really never grows old.” -Frank Kafya. Don’t envy or mock anyone! Stay in your lane. Hold on to God’s promises. Be strong, and stay true to yourself. All things do work together for the good of those who love God. You’re not late… you’re very much on time! You Are In Your Time Zone… enjoy the beauty of your age! You’re winning! Yes, we are winning!