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Monday, April 11, 2011

God's Perfect Timing

I am a worrier, a planner, and a control-freak.
And as much as I hate to admit it, those personality traits don't tend to fit the "faith-filled Christian" bill the way I'd like them to.
My impatience with certain things has gotten a little out-of-control lately, so I thought perhaps putting this "out there" in my little blogworld will help me to hold myself accountable ... and trust in what I know to be true ... that God's timing and plan for my life is PERFECT.
A few verses that I've been focussing on...
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end."
 ~Ecclesiastes 3:11
...We cannot fathom what God has done. I love this. It blows my mind just to think about it. And if the Bible says that I can't fathom all that He has done, who am I to question that He has every detail of my life under control?

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." ~Proverbs 3:5-6
...I probably recite this verse in my head more than any other, and yet, how quickly and easily I forget to apply it to my life! Key words: TRUST and ACKNOWLEDGE. ...Someone pound that into my brain, please...?

And last but not least, the story of Elijah and the widow (in 1 Kings somewhere).
I just did this lesson with my cuties in Children's Church a couple of months ago, but it wasn't until now that I thought of that story in a different, more meaningful way.

In the story, God extended the widow's flour and oil each day so that there was just enough for one more meal (for the widow, her son, and Elijah).
How difficult would that be to go through every day - not knowing if God would provide one more meal - over and over again?
Why didn't God just give the widow sacks of flour and gallons of oil, for crying out loud!? (If I were the widow, that is what I would have been saying!)
In all seriousness though ... I think the answer lies in the fact that tough times, trying times, challenging times - make us more dependent on God. Without the hard times in our lives, we may never feel the need for God. (Sad, but true.) And I am humbled to admit that I have been so ridiculously blessed in my life that enduring hardship and difficulty is not something I'm too familiar with.
So perhaps this lesson in patience is much more than that ... it is a reminder that God is in control ... and that His grace is sufficient.

God DID provide the flour and the oil for the widow, every day ... just in time.

His blessings may not always come when or how we asked for them to come - but they will come.
Just gotta have FAITH.

16 comments:

  1. Hi Bec, I saw your post on Connie's Measured by the Heart and I came over to say hello! I love what you posted about patience and God's timing. I think if it comes as we wish it to (on our timing) then we may forget it was God who has blessed us... it was "not me" who did it. www.rosarymom.blogspot.com

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  2. I struggle with a lot of the same things! I read in a Beth Moore (I think?) study one time that we can either have faith in who God is and what He says or we can have faith in what He does. If we only have faith in what He does, then it's not really a true faith, because it is based on what we can see. If we have faith in who He is and in His Word, then we can know without a doubt that even when we can't see His hand, we can trust His heart.

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  3. Thanks for this post... I needed it SO much today! As I am waiting {again} to begin treatments for another baby, I am trying so hard to learn to trust God's timing. You would think that I would have learned that lesson the first time around :-).

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  4. I love that you posted this! I worry about everything and I know I shouldn't because I know whatever God's will is will be best! I love reading your posts! I would love for you to check out my blog and follow back! :)

    bmaryandblessed.blogspot.com

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  5. a quote i like:
    "God's delays are not God's denials"

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  6. I love this post!! My favorite verse and the one I too remind myself of everyday is Proverbs 3:5-6. I am a worry wart too. You know this probably better than anyone, but when times do get tough that is the verse I go to. Trusting in God should be one the easiest things to do knowing just how much he gave of himself for each of us and yet it is soooo hard to do. Thanks for posting this. This truly is perfect knowing what could be after today and Ryan's interview! We will just have to trust in God and know that he is in control, and more importantly that he has the best for us in mind even if we don't think so.

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  7. Great reminder todya ! I am so bad about not wanting to wait for God's timing. I appreciated your words today "God is in control ... and that His grace is sufficient." If only I could remember that ALL the time. ThNKA~

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  8. I got typing and clicking too fast. That was supposed to say "Thanks" Ha!

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  9. I SO need to learn how to have more faith...I am such a worrier...thank you so much for this...I needed to hear it!

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  10. What a great post.
    The story of the mana in the wilderness always comes to mind when I get inpatient. I remember that God ALWAYS provides exactly what is needed and when we rush ahead or take too much.. it spoils..

    Blessings to you dear friend..

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  11. I just found your blog and I love it! I really really really LOVE that quote about faith!!! If i ever get a silhouette that will be going up on my wall!

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