Find Strength Through Adversity – Part 3: On Time, Every Time
God often is working the most when we see and feel it the least.
Human nature tends to want everything right now. We’re always in a hurry. Most of us get impatient when we miss a turn on a revolving door! When we pray for our dreams to come to pass, we want them to be fulfilled immediately. But we have to understand, God has an appointed time to answer our prayers and to bring our dreams to pass. And the truth is, no matter how badly we want it sooner, no matter how much we pray and plead with God, it’s not going to change His appointed time. It’s still going to happen on God’s timetable.
Because we sometimes don’t understand God’s timing, we live upset and frustrated, wondering when God is going to do something. “God, when are You going to change my husband? When are You going to bring me a mate? God, when is my business going to take off? When are my dreams going to come to pass?”
God is not like an ATM machine, where you punch in the right codes and receive what you requested (assuming you’ve even made a deposit!). No, we all have to wait patiently. That’s a part of learning to trust God. The key is, how are we going to wait? What will be our physical, emotional, and spiritual demeanors? Are we going to wait with a good attitude, with expectancy, knowing that God has great things in store? Or are we going to be upset, frustrated, and muttering complaints?
If you know you have to wait anyway, why not make a decision to enjoy your life while you’re waiting? Why not be happy while God is in the process of changing things? After all, there’s nothing you can really do to make it happen any faster. You might as well relax and enjoy your life, knowing that at the appointed time God is going to bring His plan to pass.
Keep your face to sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. Helen Keller
A Prayer for Today: God, I know You are in control of each and every day, relationship, and opportunity. You are in control of my heart’s every dream and desire. Although I don’t see anything happening, I believe You are working behind the scenes, and at the right time, You’re going to change my life for better. You’re going to give me the desires of my heart. So, however long it takes. I’m going to wait and trust in Your plan for my life.
To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it. Mother Teresa
Takeaway Truth: I cannot see the big picture of my life, but God can, so I will trust His timing.