Sandi Martin, Guest Contributor
Lately, I’ve been pondering the mystery of God’s timing. Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven”. I’ve heard throughout my walk with Christ that God is never late, instead He is always on time. The hardest part of this is coming to the realization that it’s His timing that matters not my own.
A good friend told me recently that I had the patience of Job. Really?! Sometimes…maybe. But more often than not, I am as impatient as the rest of the human race. I want what I want when I want it. Not tomorrow, not next week and certainly not next year. Now! Or better yet, 5 minutes ago.
I’ve been on this journey with Christ, walking in His light and grace, for the past 22 years. Precisely, since Thanksgiving Sunday 1997 when I walked from the back of the sanctuary of Rose Hill Baptist Church, stood before Brother Routt and about 400 people, most of which I did not know, and rededicated my life to Christ. The first step in a journey that has taken me places that I did not want to go, facing situations that I did not want to deal with and being broken, molded and melded so often by the Potter’s hand until, as I often tell Pastor Deb, I just want to be put on the shelf and left alone.
Through it all, I have pondered God’s timing and the significance of it. If He is the loving father that I truly believe Him to be, why does He so often delay (in my mind at least!) answering my prayers? Why does it take so long to answer some requests and others are answered almost instantaneously? Baffling to say the least.
The short, but not simple, answer I’ve come to learn is…He is God and we are not. Isaiah 55:8 tells us “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”. His timing is perfect, it’s just not necessarily the same as ours. Only He knows the plans He has for each of us and how and when the pieces of the puzzle are supposed to come together to complete our tapestry. 2 Peter 3:8 tells us “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the LORD a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”
Only God knows the how, the why and the when. His plan for each of us is perfect as is the timing of the individual parts. Our responsibility is to accept that (1) He has a perfect plan; and (2) we, in our faith walk with Him, will continue to trust, to believe and to pray as that plan unfolds. The timing may be instant or it may take some time, but we should continue to PUSH (pray until something happens) forward. Blessings! Sandi Martin – CWC Coordinator