The Beauty of Timing
Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.
3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay (Habakkuk 2:2-3).
One of my mother's pet peeves was my father's timing to the breakfast table. She gave him plenty of warning with, "Bob, are you up?" (which meant coffee was ready). Or, "Bob, breakfast is almost ready" (eggs were going into the pan), and "Bob, breakfast is on the table," (as she buttered the freshly popped-up toast). But he usually arrived just in time for cold eggs and hardened toast. And since we kids were not allowed to eat before he said the blessing, we often shared a cold breakfast. His "timing" was likely based on the false premise that breakfast foods, like soup for lunch and pot roast for dinner, could simmer a while on the stove. The only thing simmering was Mama. He never quite caught on that breakfast was a meal that couldn't wait. He learned that lesson later when he was on his own and tried to cook breakfast from the comfort of his Lazy Boy. A few burned pans and smoke alarmed mornings later he realized breakfast was a cook-and-serve-immediately meal. Mama was probably rolling her eyes if that is allowed in heaven. It's funny now. Stories mellow -- over time.