Here are some observations I’ve recently made in my life. During my life as a Christian, the term, “Trust God’s timing,” has always been sound advice given to me. It makes sense, I mean, obviously the Creator of the universe should know when things should begin or end for us, better than we could with our limited perspective. But, actually doing that is challenging. There have been many times in my life that I’ve taken matters into my own hands because I wanted results right then and there. When I look back, I see the trail of disaster left behind. I’ve made so many bad judgement calls and mistakes because I didn’t trust God’s timing. I wanted instant gratification for the things I thought I was missing out on in my life: popularity, entertainment, relationships, you name it. But this isn’t about all the mistakes I’ve made, this is about how God has literally picked me up, spun me around, and set me on the right path.
Timing. When I go forward with a decision without praying about it and waiting for little signs and inner confidence first, things inevitably fall apart. Fairly recently I had to do something pretty scary, without knowing how it would turn out, but because I prayed, gained counsel and advice, trusted God’s wisdom and chose to obey Him, I was convicted that it was the right thing to do. Sometimes the hardest things we have to do are the best things for our future. Sometimes God takes something away, or draws us away from a circumstance, because it’s not part of His plan for us–because He has something more enriching and uplifting ahead for us.
I’ve fought against that pull for a long time and when I finally surrendered, everything started to come together. When I rush things, it’s messy and misguided, and causes me a ton of pain throughout. Although trusting God is scary, because I’m giving up my will and waiting for His to reveal itself, I know it’s the wise thing to do. I still wrestled with my thoughts and feelings in prayer, but I set my mind to wait and observe. I decided to use my time to prepare myself for whatever He had ahead.
The purpose of waiting is to eventually be convicted with full clarity that God approves of your decision, before you make it. Instead of following my emotionally wrecked heart, I decided to think about what the wise thing for me to do was.
“Based on my past experiences, current circumstances, and future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing for me to do?”
That’s from Andy Stanley and it’s one of the best quotes I could ever live by. We have to be wise, we have to direct our hearts to what’s right and pleasant to God, as Christians. That’s what I’m learning to do and it’s crazy how God delivers. At the time you feel so unsure because you can’t see the future–it’s intangible. But when I saw my prayers being answered, and when I felt the peace of knowing, that yes, God’s with me in this, He approves of this, He supports this… life became so much better! It’s still terrifying, there are so many things in this life that could go wrong, but God’s got us! He’s right here, directing, leading, and providing the perfect opportunities for us.
All I can see is the tip of the iceberg, but it’s one pretty, shiny, sparkly sight, and although I have no idea what God’s got in store for me next, I fully trust that He’s going to bring the BEST things if I trust His lead above my own. I’m so excited for whatever is ahead, and if it’s a tough season, well, I’ve been through those already and God’s always brought me through. Super grateful and happy!!! 🙂
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