When we are small, we don’t think of time much. And often lose track of it. Submerging ourselves in such tasks as examining small flowers or ladybugs. Yet as time passes (as it must) and we grow and mature; we take closer notice of time. It becomes a nuisance and a task master. We either want it to speed up or wish it would slow down. It increasingly disobeys our wants while simultaneously becoming more and more precious and confusing.
We want to hold it in our hands so that our children stay as small as we once were. We question how right it is, or if we missed noticing it’s subtle nudges. How do we know when we are to stay or go? How do we know if it’s time to act or time to wait? I would wager that mostly we don’t.
That’s why its important to pray, and important to read. Not just educational reading, (though that certainly doesn’t hurt) but specifically reading God’s word. And more than on occasion. That is how we prepare, how we can know our Father’s will. God does in fact speak. However, I think we misinterpret how these days. A prophet as is known in the bible, is literally one who speaks God’s word. So when we read the Bible this is what we are doing. Prophesying. When our pastors preach, (in sound doctrine) they prophesy. If we want to know when, we need only ask. But ask in the safety of God’s word. And pray that He sends His servants to speak His will to you.