Hitting the ‘sweet’ spot
Portland on the coast of south western Victoria is normally a serenely beautiful place but not when your car is playing up and you’re headed to Melbourne. I chugged to a halt in a carpark on the main street, raised the bonnet of my Ford Cortina, only to discover that the screw holding the distributer had come loose. It’s that little device that supplies power to the spark plugs to keep the engine running smoothly. If it turns too far one way the engine labours and overheats. Too far the other and it mistimes and loses power. The secret is to tighten the screw in just the right position so that each plug is firing at the ‘sweet’ spot in the cycle. Get that right and the engine purrs!
It seems to be one of the secrets to living the Christian life. Trying to keep in step with God (Galatians 5:25). Trying to hear the various promptings of the Spirit so that we get our timing right and hit the ‘sweet’ spot in everything the Lord has planned for us. Some of us try to rush in early and get all over-heated with frustration when things don’t work out right. Others tend to lag behind and miss the moment and wonder why we don’t have the power of God at work within us.
Fortunately for us, God has an excellent sense of timing. The New Testament uses the Greek word kairos to describe this. It means the “opportune moment” or the “right time” for something to happen. In the letter to the church in Rome the apostle Paul wrote, “At just the right time (kairos) … Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6).
It is worth spending time developing our listening skills for these promptings of the Spirit so that we can stay in step with God.
from Frank Eames