One of the great things about getting older is that your perspective on life changes. One major shift I am noticing in my own life is my perception of time. When you’re young you feel like everything needs to happen NOW and your patience is weak. Today’s Internet culture makes people feel that way as well. We seem to lack patience and many people won’t stick with something long enough to see the result they desire if it seems like it is taking too long to get there.
We want what we want, and we want it now.
I am learning, albeit slowly, that God’s timing is perfect. This is true for the major events in life as well as the details of the everyday. We will never fully understand His timing with some things while we are here on earth because He is infinite and we are here for a moment. However, if we pay attention, we will notice when His timing is right even when it differs from our expectations. He knew every second of our lives before He put time in motion.
Have you ever been late getting somewhere and then on the way driving you see a terrible car accident? Maybe if you had left at the “right time” you would have been the one in that accident. Perhaps this was God’s way of protecting you.
Do you ever think about what you thought you’d be doing at this stage in life? Maybe you have been working toward a goal that you have not yet accomplished. Don’t worry. Perhaps God is still working to prepare you for what you will face once that goal is reached. Or maybe He is guiding you toward something better than you imagined for yourself.
Stay the course. Keep working. Keep hoping. Keep believing.
A couple weeks ago I was on a great trip to visit my family on the West Coast. My Aunt Tami and I took a road trip from L.A. to Portland, Oregon. It was great fun!
On the second day of our trip we got going later in the morning than we had planned, and then we spent a lot more time site-seeing than planned. We realized we would never make it into Oregon in time to get a hotel for the night and wondered how this may affect the rest of our trip and our arrival time at our cousin’s house the next evening.
The weather was foggy and rainy as we passed through the Redwoods on the way to the coast. Just as we broke out of the forest and saw the beach, there was the sun! We had two perfect hours of beautiful sun and no fog as we enjoyed that beach. Had we been “on time” we never would have been there at that moment! We expected a gorgeous sunset because of all the clouds, but just as the sun was setting a heavy fog came in and we could no longer see anything! We got in the car and found a little hotel. Turns out we were just in time to get to a restaurant to eat in the tiny town and had we stayed for the sunset we would have had to skip dinner. We had already traveled about nine hours without a meal!
The rest of the trip followed suit. Many things happened because our “planned timing” was off. Things that we would have missed if we had been on our own timing.
This example is only meant to remind us that God cares about the little things. Even when we are on vacation enjoying the beauty He created. Because Tami and I chose to see that timing as a gift, it was significant. What joy we shared as we gathered driftwood, dug our toes into the beautiful black sand and took photos of the beauty that surrounded us. We knew if we had passed through earlier or later in the thick fog we would not have even noticed that we were passing by that beautiful place.
There are trials in life that don’t make sense to us now, but remember that your life and all it’s troubles are in God’s hands. An unexpected death of a loved one. Cancer in a friend who lives a clean and healthy lifestyle. The loss of a great job. God cares for us always during those times. He has a plan and we can be confident that if we love Him with all our heart and soul and love our neighbors as ourselves, He will always carry us and see us through.
If God cares for us in the timing of simple pleasures in life, then we can be sure He cares for us in the timing of major life events as well.
Take heart in the midst of your trials. God’s got this.
“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.” Jeremiah 29:11
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:8-9