When Ron Artest was suspended for the Lakers’ game against the Mavericks last Friday night, it may not have seemed like a big deal. A one game suspension—nothing to it, right? But look again. That might have been true during the regular season, but in the playoffs, with the Lakers already down two games to one, losing a key player to a suspension couldn’t have come at a worse time. Sometimes in life, it isn’t simply the things that happen to us—it is the timing of those things. For the Lakers, the timing of that suspension could not have been much worse. For the follower of Christ, we can also face untimely seasons of distress or difficulty, but even when circumstances seem to display bad timing our God’s timing remains perfect. He is there to help us in our season of need, even when it seems to be happening at the worst possible time. That is why David, the psalmist, wrote:

But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble. (Psalm 37:39)

In times of trouble, we might feel that the circumstances we face have come at a bad time, but God’s timing is always good. He will never fail to be there when we need Him.   Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain