Right on Time! – By Cindy Mercer

lightstock_157734_small_bhpI have often heard people say, “God is rarely early, never late, but He is always on time.”

One unforgettable journey started as I drove home from my shift at a surgical center. As I prayed, I felt impressed to turn my car around and go to a nursing home to see an old friend and former co-worker, Cassie.

Cassie was beautiful, petite, and smart. Her family was well known and wealthy. She seemed to have it all.

One day I noticed that she was becoming rather friendly with one of the physicians. Then they began to date. However, as weeks turned into months, my friend didn’t seem the same. I inquired how things were going with her new relationship. She said everything was great, but her eyes shared something quite the opposite.

I soon learned that Cassie had become addicted to prescription pain pills prescribed by her new-found romantic interest. She was calling in sick and making mistakes in the days she showed up at work. Eventually, she quit her job, knowing she would be fired soon anyway.

Unfortunately, a horrible storm was brewing as Cassie and the doctor became full-fledged drug users. Moreover, a baby was on the way; Two beautiful, intelligent people ravaged by the destruction of drugs.

I lost complete contact with Cassie for seven years.

Then while driving home from work, I wondered what had happened to her. I started my search at the nursing home, where she had been kept for some time. I was told she had been discharged and had possibly died.

I knocked on her parents’ door, only to get turned away. They wanted nothing to do with her and told me they were ashamed.

I kept praying and asking the Lord to help me find her.

Two weeks later, my dad underwent surgery in a nearby city. I walked into the hospital’s main entrance and there she was, smiling at me!

I drove Cassie home that day to the drug ghetto where she lived. I noticed she was very short of breath. She informed me she was scheduled for a heart valve replacement in several weeks. I poured my life into her, bringing her to church, reading Scripture, and praying with her.

The night before her surgery, she asked how she could have eternal life and “right” all the “wrongs” in her life. I led her in prayer as she accepted Jesus.

Cassie died the next day on the operating room table. Later I stood at her casket and shared with those present at her funeral that she had found out that God is never late, rarely early, but always right on time.

 For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NKJV)

Cindy Mercer is a pastor’s wife in North Carolina. She also saw her own marriage salvaged through the power of prayer. To read that amazing story, click here.

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Practical Application: 

Are there people God has impressed you to reach out to and pray for that you’ve been procrastinating reaching out to? Don’t procrastinate any longer. If God is giving you the impression, it is for a reason, and you never know when the opportunity to touch a life for eternity may be past.

Consider the following words from Inspiration:

“By all that has given us advantage over another,—be it education and refinement, nobility of character, Christian training, religious experience,—we are in debt to those less favored; and, so far as lies in our power, we are to minister unto them. If we are strong, we are to stay up the hands of the weak.” Desire of Ages, p. 440

Dear Heavenly Father, Help us not to procrastinate in reaching out to those that You lay on our hearts. Help us not to pray, but to seek practical ways to show Your love and care. It’s so easy to get consumed in our lives, that we forget there are many discouraged despairing souls around us that are dying without hope. Help us to be Your hands and feet! Help us to be Your example of love. In Jesus’ precious Name! Amen!

Promise to Claim: 1 Pet. 3:15, Luke 21:15

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  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen

  • Khethy

    Amen may God really help us to help others who are weaker than us

    • Cynthia Duncan Mercer

      Amen friend!

  • Derek Morris

    Thank you, Cindy, for sharing this powerful testimony.
    The words of Jesus to a thief on a cross remind us that it is never too late to open our hearts to the Savior.
    To Him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

    Please remember our Hope Sabbath School team in prayer this week. We will be filming 14 programs on the Book of Job. Many are searching for answers regarding all of the suffering in the world. May the Lord speak through the Hope Sabbath School team in life-changing ways.

    • Cynthia Duncan Mercer

      Thank you Pastor Derek! Praying for the filming project coming up soon! To God be the glory!

    • Justina

      Praying Pastor Morris; God will definitely work wonders as He always does through Hope Sabbath School.

    • Benjamin G.Karn

      Thank God for the mission of the church. Thanks to our pastor wife for the testimony. We will remember the crusade team in Rowanda and pray that our brethren will live in peace.

    • Letty Kaltonga

      Amen Pastor and praying for you all. Gods speeding and willing for others.

    • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

      Amen Pastor Praying for Hope SS.

    • Gina Geertsma

      Amen

  • God’s spirit is awesome, leading up in the right path always. Never let the promptings of the spirit go in vain – respond!

    • Cynthia Duncan Mercer

      Amen Alicia! May we all be ready when God prompts us to action!

  • Natasha

    What a beautiful testimony Cindy! May Jehovah help me to respond as He would as He uses us to rescue the perishing.

    • Cynthia Duncan Mercer

      Amen Natasha!!

  • Kathy Beats

    Thank you, Father, for Your promise to save our children!
    Thank you, Cindy, for sharing. Consider yourself , “Hugged”!

    • Cynthia Duncan Mercer

      I love you Kathy!! Thanks for the cyber hug:)

      • Kathy Beats

        I love you too, Cindy♡

  • Cynthia Duncan Mercer

    Praising God for His faithfulness! I’m sure most of you know that in the last paragraph of this article it says God is late … But it should have said God is never late. Thank you all for being prayer warriors!!

  • Gordon Boggs

    Pr. & Mrs Mercer. I was very touched by the testimonie about Cassie. I cried tears of sadness for the loss and joy that she found Jesus by your responding to the Holy Spirit to find her before it was too late. Then, the foot note of your prayers for your marriage and your return pastor, really opened a food gate of tears. I have two children away from the Lord..and my beloved wife who left. I know God IS ABLE, but the burden on my heart and loneliness is hard. Yet, God has impressed my heart to never give up but be faithful in prayer for my children and my wife’s salvation and return.

    • Justina

      God is more than capable of saving them and bringing them back to you. Many of us have children and spouses who have turned their backs on salvation. Let us continue to PUSH pray until something happens.

    • Cynthia Duncan Mercer

      Brother Boggs…I am of the mindset to never give up! I prayed for 7 years for my marraige and while we were only separated for one year, the enemy wrecked havoc on our marraige constantly. The Lord led me to a season of fasting for 3 day increments over the course of 2 years. I saw miracles that truly increased my faith! My source of strength was claiming scripture, studying and praying daily with the addition of fasting periods. Ephesians 3:20 says God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think! My husband and I will be lifting you up in prayer🙏

  • pablo vega

    Let’s include Brother Boggs, his wife and children in our prayers. When the going gets tough, let’s get praying. Keep letting Christ be your strength and comfort, your steady hand, your firm foundation, the Rock on which you stand. Keep trusting in the Lord and don’t give up, don’t EVER GIVE UP! Hang in there Brother Boggs, and thanks to Sister Mercer for reminding us that God is rarely early, God is never late but, always right on time. Amen!!

    • Cynthia Duncan Mercer

      Amen friend!

  • Rosalia

    Praise God; He is always on time. I thank God for great things He has done to me at His time

  • May

    Good story

  • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

    Amen Cindy what a powerful testimony our God is always on time.

  • SHEILA M SEALETSA

    Woo…This got me in tears. Thank you Cindy. May the Lord bless you