The Late Pastor Richard L Rice


Kim & Me @ Wildlife Safari Park 6.25.2016To honor my wife’s birthday, we recently spent a weekend about 3 hours from our home. We had a great time in the city of Roseburg, Oregon and a marvelous day at the Wildlife Safari Park in neighboring Winston.

After a busy day driving through the park and seeing elephants, zebras, and wildebeests, we returned to our hotel. That evening we spent an hour or two in the hot tub with a nice family moving from California to Oregon, and then we retired for a few hours of Cops and Chopped on television.

I set the alarm on my phone and then joked about either my wife or son also setting their phones as backup. Then we went to bed.

It was Sunday morning and we needed to leave the hotel by 6:45am to be on time to church back in Portland. At 6:35 my wife woke up and asked what time we needed to leave. God bless my wife, who can be ready for church almost as quickly as our 17-year old son!

I don’t know why my alarm didn’t work, but we made haste as fast as it can be made. Then we hurried north to Portland, pushing the speed limit as much as possible. We were still 15 minutes late.

You may have mornings like we did, when your best giddy-up just isn’t enough; but God is neither early nor late. He is always right on time.

The third chapter of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a proper time for everything. Whatever the time, whether it is time for birth or life, weeping or laughing, war or peace, God has made everything beautiful in its time  (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Whatever He does, from beginning to end, both His timing and His result is beautiful.

The late Pastor Richard L Rice may occasionally struggle with being on time; not a problem for God.

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