Even when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He still stayed two days longer in the same place where He was. —John 11:6, AMP
So many things about God are a complete mystery. The choices He makes…. in His time, not ours. His will and plan oft times confuse us to our very core because it simply makes little sense to us. After all, if He would just listen to us, let us tell Him what we need, when we need it, everything would be a bed of roses, right?!
God is like a breeze that blows in. You may not see where He comes from, but there is no mistaking He is there. His timing IS always perfect. So why, is this perfect timing often so frustrating?
When times are hard and you feel like you cannot endure, the knowledge that just one word from Him could completely turn your circumstances around and solve all your troubles……..yet He doesn’t move?? Frustrating! God is completely unpredictable. He is not a fast food restaurant where you can order what you want and have it ‘your way’. You can’t just say a prayer, ordering your needs or desires, and He delivers in less than thirty minutes.
This is so hard for us to accept and embrace when we are in the midst of trying times, heartache, and sorrow. We cry out to Him for help, to fix our problems. To rush in and rescue us. When He is silent, our hearts wonder, “Why?”. When we want so desperately to trust Him, but He seems to be quiet in the midst of our problems, it’s easy for feelings of betrayal to creep in.
During these times, it’s important for us to remember the greatness and majesty of our God. As challenging as it is to wait on Him and His timetable for our life, do we have the right to expect Him to be at our beck and call? Who are we to question His ways and His timing? The trials and problems we are faced with just might be part of His plan to teach us a lesson along the way. Maybe it’s patience. Faith. Trusting in Him completely. If He jumped in and fixed every situation for us immediately, we might miss out on the big plan He has for us. As much as it hurts in the moment, hardships and trials are opportunities for exponential growth in our relationship with Him. But it begins with trust.
We cannot anticipate what God will do next in our lives. We cannot see all He sees. But we know we can rely on His heart. Even in those times we aren’t getting our prayer ‘orders’ filled as quickly as we would like, He is there to comfort us and calm our anxious thoughts.
His character is unchanging.
His love is un-moving.
His goodness is ever-present.
His mercies are new each day.
Even when you can’t see His hand at work, keep trusting His heart. Have faith in His timing. Because it will never fall short of what is best for your life. It’s not over yet!