Right Place, Right Time

I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time. Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NLT)

Down here under the sun people call it chance. Events come together in a seemingly random way. Coincidence. Happenstance. Living here under the sun, we know by experience what the author is talking about.

And yet we are also seated with Christ in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6) and so we have a higher perspective. And we know that the swirl of earthly events, “chance,” is in fact a symphony orchestrated by our sovereign God.

Though we perceive the events under the sun with ours eyes and ears, in Christ we operate through the power He arranged for us to have as His hands and feet on this earth, through the Holy Spirit. “Whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:13-14 ESV)

What we are both seeing in the confluence of events and hearing through the Holy Spirit is that This is the Time for France.

A few weeks ago prophetic minister Chuck Pierce proclaimed the same message. The featured speaker along with Paul Wilbur at a “Holy Convocation: Worship and Intercession for France.” He recounts hearing a word from the Lord:

On Friday night, when meeting with over 300 leaders, I asked the Lord, “What is your message for France?” And He said, “Look down beside you.” We were in an old Reformed Church sitting in pews. Below is a apicture of me in the pulpit. On the outside of every pew was an extended seat or offering receptacle. When I looked own beside me there was a watch wedged in between the pew and that seat.

The Lord said, “It it My time for France!”


When he shared this word with the events organizers, Paul and Virginie Viglo, they told him about a dream Paul had had about a week earlier:

Paul had a dream the previous Saturday night that he had shared with his church. In his dream a watch was found and the Lord began to speak to him that the watch had a missing part. He knew that once the part was put in place, France’s destiny would begin to move  forward again. After he shared this, I went right up on stage and showed Paul the watch I had found. He then shared his dream with everyone and the Spirit of God fell in that place. We felt like we had tapped into the beginning of France’s destiny.

Team member Chad Foxworth provides additional details in his video blog of the event. (Play “Paris Blog #2):

“It was a Festina watch. Festina is a company that makes watches out of Switzerland… We looked up Festina. Festina means “acceleration.”

It does indeed. Specifically, it is the Latin verb for “hurry.” I knew the famous Latin proverb “Festina lente,” which means “hurry slowly.”

Oddly enough, ten years ago, our last year or so living in France, we were focusing on a site in a place called Lente. We wanted to buy a “gite” and use it as a ministry center, a precursor to what we hope to do in Roucy.

Perhaps that is only coincidence, but the vision has been slow. But by the grace of God, we believe things are speeding up. Something else makes a bit more sense now: another weird, odd, notable coincidence involving a turtle laying eggs in our front yard. Put it all together with the classic fable:tortoise

The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race

We are decidedly NOT the fastest runners. We are decidedly not the strongest warriors, but the victory has always been the Lords, and His alone.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. R.J. says:

    Hello Marvin and Francoise,

    You had a great newsletter. Until…. it is time for a coaching moment.

    Because I love you.

    Because I believe in you.

    Your last paragraph is saying something that you believe about yourself or something you believe about one of you. But it is not what others think about you!!!

    Do not give people a chance to escape what the Holy Spirit is saying while they read your newsletter. God is uniting their hearts with your vision. Trust that. Allow that to happen.

    None of us are perfect. All of us are better now than we were last year. We have learned and grown as we walk closer to the Lord. Do not let your past dictate what God will do in the future. Be transformed, by the renewing of your mind. Take thoughts captive. Cancel the negative thoughts. Hold on to the thoughts that God has spoken to you. Let your newsletter speak about the Good things God wants to do in your life.

    I love you and care about you.

    Rocky Gathright rockygathright@gmail.com

  2. asphaleia says:

    I hear what you’re saying, Rocky, but I’ve got to go with Paul who says “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Cor. 12:9) If weakness is needed, I can come up with some to supply. But I know that through Him “I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. (Ps. 18:29). And what can be said about taking a couple of decades to get here? That the race is not to the swift is very good news. Turtle power? Bring it on!

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