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I was born almost two months premature. When my dad first saw me—all skin and bones—he smiled, shook his head, and said to the nurse, “Put him back in. He’s not done yet!” I showed up too early. (Since then, I’ve been late most of the time).

Timing is important. It’s essential in athletics, in business, in relationships, in most everything. Timing is vital with the aging of wine too. I think of that old commercial where the brewer crowed,  “We serve no wine before its time.”

The apostle John chose seven different miracles, seven signs of life, as the framework for his book. The first sign was when Jesus turned water into wine. It was a stunning miracle, but, in one sense, it might have been almost too early.

At this point, Jesus had already chosen four or five disciples and was in the blocks waiting for the starting gun of His public ministry to sound. At the wedding in Bethany, his mother asked him to do something unique to resupply a ceremony that had run out of wine. Weddings without wine didn’t work in that culture. A wedding without wine was legal grounds for suing the groom’s parents. When Mary asked her son Jesus to step into that situation, He replied, “Dear woman, why do you involve me? …My time has not yet come” (John 2:4).

Jesus is the only human who did everything at the right time. God’s timing is always perfect.

Life-Question: Can you think of a time in the last week when your timing was right?