When cooking a roast, timing and seasoning are everything. I recently offered to cook the roast. It was bigger than normal and so to make sure that all the vegetables were cooked to perfection at the exact time that the roast was ‘done’ required more skill than I possessed. My timing was out by over 30 minutes – the vegetables were looking magnificent, but an inspection of the meat showed that it needed more time. What to do? Try to keep the vegetables in their magnificent and hot state, and ramp up the oven for 10 minutes.
Impatience got the better of me and I announced we would have the roast as it was. I hoped the delight of the vegetables and the superb gravy would more than make up for the fact that the meat would be hard to swallow without a considerable amount of chewing and grinding. And I almost pulled it off – but not quite.
In life, generally timing is important. When to buy, when to sell, when to move, and when to stay are all important decisions to make. Over 20 years ago the opportunity came for our family to leave Geelong and make the move to Melbourne. The timing was right because our children were all young. The same opportunity 10 years later would have been much harder to accept, because our children would have been more advanced in their education and friendships.
The Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes says there is a time for everything. In our lives there will be a time to laugh and a time to cry, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to be silent and a time to speak. In our lives we need to set time aside to be still, to be gracious, to express our love to those closest to us, and to engage with those we love. We also need to set time aside in order to reflect upon the bigger issues of life – such as meaning, purpose and fulfilment. And as we do, we allow the possibility of God revealing His love and purposes to us in ways we might never have considered, but it will take time.
Senior School Chaplain