This weekend as most of us set our clocks forward to Daylight Saving Time, I was thinking about God’s timing. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could do the same with His timing?
I will admit that I am not good at waiting. When I want to go from point A to point B, I want to do it now. Why waste time right? I knew a preacher who would always say that God won’t always give you a ticket until you get ready to get on the train. I didn’t like that saying. I didn’t like it because I worry about things I couldn’t control.
If there’s one thing I have learned about God’s timing is that if you wait on Him, He will work it out. Most of the time you won’t understand it until after you have been through something and then looked back on it.
If there’s one thing I have learned is that God is in control. I will tell you that it doesn’t always seem that way and I can’t always understand it but somehow He works it out. He even works it out when we have messed it up – and believe me – I have messed things up on my own before because of my impatience with timing. Sometimes it will still work out but may take longer or be delayed because I wasn’t able to keep my own manipulating out of the way.
One of the Bible verses people like to use is Jeremiah 29:11 which tells us that God has a plan for us.
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope for a future.”
This tells us that God really has plans for our lives that are good, not to harm us. Too many times we look at the situation and think that God is being unfair or isn’t going to give us what we desire. Sometimes what we desire doesn’t line up for what God really has plans for us. I know many times I have looked at situations and wanted to give God suggestions or take things into my own hands to make things happen. I have learned in these times that if I leave it alone and hang in there that God will work it out. It is funny that the way God usually works it out is totally not in the way I had envisioned it.
There are many reasons that God’s timing isn’t like our timing.
Sometimes He has to work through other people to get us to where we need to be. It has to be pretty complicated to do that when He’s working people who have free will and can make decisions that aren’t in God’s plan. He’s not going to force someone to do something against their own free will so He has to work with that. This may either delay us or actually work in our favor. The one huge advantage that God has over us is the He can see the big picture. We only see what is ahead of us. We only see the obstacle.
I’m sure we all get frustrated with what we see that is blocking us from getting to where we want to be. Maybe it’s a job opportunity or financial situation that we are waiting on. There have been times I have been stressed about a job opportunity but when it didn’t work out like I had wanted it to, I have seen later why it didn’t work out and it actually was better that I didn’t get the opportunity that I was stressing over. I was stressing about it, God was not.
It’s a constant learning opportunity for many of us when it comes to God’s timing. When I face new situations where I am waiting for God’s timing, I force myself to think back to my past experiences and how God worked out those situations. I remind myself that God’s timing worked it out for the best for me then and He’s going to do the same for me now.
It’s hard to not get stressed when you hear that train coming but God will either give you a ticket to get on that train but if He doesn’t He may be making us wait to get on another one for something better.