With God, timing is everything.
Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God.
When my husband and I take walks together, I find myself 10 steps ahead with my eagerness to get this over with. I glance back as if that will help him speed up but the smile on his face tells me that’s not going to happen. I am on a mission, and he is enjoying the view.
In my 20 years of walking with the Lord, I have learned that His pace is not the same as mine. I catch myself living five days from now hoping I can pop the cork and celebrate the trajectory that God has revealed to me and launched me into motion. Rarely do things pan out the way I had hoped and more importantly, when I had hoped.
Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.
God’s timing can be so frustrating when I feel like I know all I need to know to get going. I’m an “activator.” I get things done. It feels like God’s timing is a waiting game that I don’t have the rules for and the deadline I set keeps getting moved.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
So, I have a system; it’s simple really. My friend taught me how to wait on the Lord with a childlike expectation and method that keeps me from spinning off in the wrong direction. I pray about each on of the five until the answer is clear and God gives me the green light:
Has God told me whom to talk to, whom will I meet, who will help me? Has the Lord impressed upon me the people I should trust as I speed off to accomplish my agenda?
What exactly does He want me to do? Is this my idea or His? Is it clear what I am being asked to do?
Where is God leading me? Am I on the right course or the course I think is right…for me? Am I influenced by where I am comfortable or am I willing to step outside of where he has me today?
There it is!!! God’s timing! Has he actually said, “Go!” or is my hearing impaired and He said, “No!” Waiting, waiting and more waiting – A test of my faith that I don’t want to fail!
Never, “Why?” I have learned that is not the right question, and I don’t always want the answer He gives. “How?” is the question that humbles me when I hear the same answer I have heard a thousand times, “By My strength, not yours.”
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Like a reckless child running into the street, He has me by the hand and gently cautions me to wait until He says, “Go.” He is calm and steady and knows all that is before me. He is preparing the way and tells me, “Child, be still. I will let you know when it is time. Trust me.”
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.