Ben and I had an amazing opportunity come our way this last fall – the kind we’ve often talked and dreamed about. There are lots of those dreams around here, so it wasn’t like this opportunity was everything to us, but it did get us excited as we talked about it.
We had a hard time discerning if it was actually the right fit, right time, and all that, but we decided to go through the steps to see where it would take us.
The whole process was full of twists, turns, and uncertainty, but it all fell apart in the end, and timing was the main cause.
It was exactly the type of situation which best showcases my ability to worry. I don’t like uncertainty or a long, drawn out decision making process. I usually work myself into a frenzy fairly quickly, but this time was different.
I was very tempted to follow my old pattern, but I kept feeling like this was a chance to do something different – to use the hold-ups, miscommunication, and uncertainty as a part of God’s process, instead of obstacles in the way of His will.
I kept choosing to believe that timing is part of how God unfolds His plans. His good and beautiful plans can’t be thwarted with something as small as timing! If He holds the whole world in His hands, that includes timing, and I can rest in it.
Because I’ve been thinking a lot about resting in God’s timing, I was delighted to come across this quote the other day:
“Much, much stress results from your wanting to make things happen before their times have come. One of the main ways I assert My sovereignty is in the timing of events. If you want to stay close Me and do things My way, ask Me to show you the path forward moment by moment. Instead of dashing headlong toward your goal, let Me set the pace. Slow down, and enjoy the journey in My Presence.” (Sarah Young, Jesus Calling)
God’s timing is perfect, and His way is perfect. When things seem to go wrong, He is not up in heaven, wringing his hands, saying “OH NO!!! I did not see that coming!! My whole plan is ruined!!! What will we do now????!!!” He uses the timing of events to bring about His will.
As I focus on that, a missed opportunity does not feel as disappointing. I don’t need to plan or scheme, trying to maneuver people and situations so that everything will work out the way I want it to. I can trust God completely, and know that He has good timing.