Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Trust in Timing

Seconds... Minutes... Hours... Days... Weeks... Months, years, schedules, calendars, alarms, deadlines, due dates, milestones, our lives revolve around so many elements of time.  There is a time when we have to wake up in order to get to work, school, an appointment.  There is a time for making rehearsals, games, meetings and performances.  There is a time for cleaning the house, getting groceries, running errands, feeding our families.  We even schedule in a specific time to pray. It always amazes me how we get so focused on each minute of the day.  When I taught high school, the classes were scheduled just right to allow for passing periods, lunch shifts, announcements, etc.  For example, the bell to release class would ring at 11:41 and then again at 11:47.  Doesn't that seem extreme?  But it was necessary to get everything in within the school day.  When we pulled my son from public school and began homeschooling, he had such a hard time letting go of that extreme schedule.  He would not eat lunch at 11:00 or 11:30, he had to eat lunch at 11:03 because that is what he was use to at school.  It is crazy if you really stop and think about it; we are programmed, hardwired to trust these exact times. We place a huge amount of trust into each over-scheduled minute of our day.  Yet, we can't seem to trust the timing that should matter most...God's timing.  We get frustrated, angry, and discouraged when we feel God is not following our schedule.  At times we accuse Him of ignoring our prayers because our needs are not being met when WE feel it is the correct time.  I am particularly guilty of this.  I have yelled out to God before because I felt He wasn't moving as fast as I thought he should.  Thankfully, he is a gracious and forgiving God.  :)  I definitely don't handle it well when my own kids take a similar tone with me. We are promised in the Bible that His timing is ALWAYS perfect.  A.L.W.A.Y.S. P.E.R.F.E.C.T. For those of us who are hard headed and slight control freaks (myself included), I will say it again..
His timing is always perfect. He knows the end result, we do not.  He is in control, we are not. It is all in His perfect timing and it will be more beautiful and amazing than we could have ever scheduled. "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 and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back from captivity."  Jeremiah 29:22 "...for it is time to seek the Lord"  Hosea 10:12

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