I used to get very frustrated when things didn’t go as planned. When things didn’t happen the way I had envisioned them I would get discouraged. I think we all have a vision of how things should unfold. We have a plan in our minds or on paper and when it doesn’t go smoothly, we just get upset or confused because it doesn’t follow our agendas. I used to wonder what was wrong with the way I had planned everything. I was hit with a lot of delays and I felt like those delays were rejections from God. I was doing it all wrong and God couldn’t approve my plans. At least that is how I saw it. I spent time pondering and asking myself where I was missing it. I was under the impression that I was in line with God’s Word and with His will but, I was acting out of my own desires, my own timing and my own will. I wanted God to align with my wishes and with my timing. I put myself in the center when God should have been there the whole time. I was good at putting God first in a few areas but not in the planning department of my life. Time was precious and I did not want to waste it. I had too many timelines and time frames that didn’t take God into consideration. Then I learned about God’s timing. I found out that He had a time for everything and His timing was much different from mine.
Once I received that revelation, the way I perceived things changed completely. I started tuning into God’s timing more by reading about it in His Word and by making Him my focus in the middle of my plans. I took a backseat and I sought His guidance and I longed for His direction. The Holy Spirit had to be part of my plans. I couldn’t ignore Him and I couldn’t leave Him out. That had been my mistake. When God is the center of everything, everything finds its right place and its perfect timing. It was a major wake-up call for me and I synced my clock to the Lord’s perfect timing. I stopped looking at time as something I could control and I looked at it as something that God owned. God’s timing is perfect because He knows the big picture and He sees all angles. My limited perception doesn’t allow me to understand all that is involved. I can’t control people and I can’t bend time. Those two factors helped me slow down and give God more credit for all that He does. I also realized that it wasn’t about me but it is always about the Lord. His timing is for Him to handle and not for me try and dominate.
The Lord has made everything beautiful in its time as we are told in the book of Ecclesiastes. Now, when we pray for something and we are waiting for it to come pass, we must remember that God will make it beautiful in its time. It will come and it will happen but it will develop according to God’s timing. He will take the time that is needed to perfect the blessing. He will pour the blessing when it is the best time for us. Not when we think it is the best time but when it truly is the best time. God’s plan is to prosper us and not to harm us so if we go along with His plan and trust Him, we will be heavily blessed. I love saying that expression “heavily blessed.” It is very easy for me to picture big, hearty blessings from Heaven since I experience them from time to time. We can plan for our own lives but God knows the better plan. The goal is to lean into His planning and get an understanding of what He is doing for us by faith. We should let our hearts get permeated with God’s will and trust that His timing is the best. If we pray and trust and things are not happening, that means that it is not the perfect time yet. It will happen but God is still perfecting all aspects of the answer to our prayers. Friend, it’s time for God’s timing. Let’s be patient. Let’s be thankful. Let’s stay in faith. God’s timing is perfect. All the time!
Suggested reading: Ecclesiastes 3:11; Psalm 90:12; Proverbs 16:9