Sunday, September 25, 2016

Waiting on His Timing

Daily Gratitude Year 4-Day 269: Today, I am grateful for God's timing. 

Sometimes things seem wrong. It seems there is no possible way that "God is in it" when it looks like a real mess. How complicated this life can be, but God's direction is so simple. "Trust in me". 

Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. -Genesis 21:5

And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. -Hebrews 6:15

Trust in God means trusting his path and his timing. Becoming a parent at 100! A child is always a gift, but imagine a toddler in your senior years. At 50... I think I would shed a few tears of self-pity. 

Still, God's proved again and again that his timing is always perfect. It was for Abraham. It was for Noah, Moses, Joseph & David. It was for Rahab... and for Ruth. And then for Saul/Paul. For the friendless Zacchaeus... and for James, the brother of Jesus who did not believe in him until after his resurrection. 

It was God's timing for the Samaritan woman at the well who had known five husbands and was living with a man without marriage. She met Jesus and he rocked her world with his love and truth. He sought her out when others would have shunned her.  He offered her a new life and living water . (John 4) Jesus, also, addressed God's timing and what was to come. To her...a woman, a Samaritan and one who had many men... he revealed his identity and clearly spoke of what was to come. What an encounter!

 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. -John 4:23

 What an encounter! Not your average day at the well. God's timing is always perfect. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6

The key to this passage is clearly written and claimed but a detail is often overlooked. "In all your ways acknowledge him" is easier said than done.  Easier quoted than lived out. When we acknowledge his Lordship, he directs our paths. 

In all your ways acknowledge that this life is a us... from him. What we do with the gift is a daily decision. Submitting to His Lordship and embracing his timing - no matter how crazy it might seem. 

"Child...your way might seem 'better' .. but you don't have a universe. Let's go with my plan. Trust in me. It will come together for your good." - God

One of the joys of maturity is that eventually... we start to see his hand, his timing and his grace that arrived in some unusual, strangely timed packages. 

Today, I am grateful for God's timing. 

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