Trusting God’s timing
Ever felt like God was taking too long? Ever had something happen in your life...or not happen, and you were told to “trust God’s timing”?
For me, the answer is “Yes” to both.
Spiritually, I know for a fact that God’s timing is perfect and as hard as it can be I’ve learned to surrender the plans I made for my life so that I can fully submit to His.
Practically, however, I find it challenging to apply this biblical truth in my everyday life at times.
I figured I wasn’t alone in this so let’s demystify the phrase, “Trusting God’s timing,” so we can live worry-free and truly rest, knowing that our Heavenly Father is in full control and has not (nor will He ever) forget about us.
Growing up in the church, I heard this phrase often…
-A loved one gets sick and you’re praying for healing- “Trust God’s timing”
-You submit the application, now you’re waiting on the acceptance letter- “Trust God’s timing”
-You envisioned your dream vacation and you’re hoping to one day book it- “Trust God’s timing”
Once I grew older and began taking my walk with Christ more seriously, I questioned the reality of truly being able to trust His timing and plan above my own... How does that work?
I had so many questions…
The first one being-
Where does it even say that in the Bible?
I think it’s important to always sift what we believe to be true through the filter of the Holy Spirit. Is it truth or just your opinion?
If you can’t come to an answer from there, take what you know and mirror it to the Word of God. Does it line up?
When looking up what God had to say about trusting His timing, He led me to Ecclesiastes 3:1- “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
This verse gives me so much HOPE! It reminds me that I don’t have to conjure up a plan and make something happen on my own. I don’t have to be discouraged when something is taking longer than expected. Why? Because as Ecclesiastes says, everything, not some things, but everything has a time and a season.
Sometimes, I think we look all over the world when the answer is right in front of us. The answer is clear. There is nothing mystical about this truth.
Will it be hard sometimes? Heck yeah!
Will you always understand why God is taking so long in certain areas of your life? Nope!
His ways are not our ways and His thinking is not like ours so we’re not meant to understand every little detail. That’s the uncertainty and beauty of living by faith.
Under the Heavens (from God’s viewpoint), everything here on Earth has its proper time for things to happen.
That job promotion you’re working towards, that godly husband you’re praying for, etc. All of those doors, that are in God’s will, have an appointed time to open. There’s not a thing we can do or manipulate to make it open sooner. While we trust in and wait on the Lord, we have to keep our hope alive! Don’t stop praying. Keep running your race and run it well.
If God has ordained for you to launch your business and be a full time entrepreneur in 2022, there’s nothing you can do in your human power to speed up that time. Instead of complaining for the next 2-3 years, ask yourself- What am I doing with the time I do have? What am I learning in this current season that will help me as I prepare to be a business owner?
If God’s best is for you to be married in 2024, are you going to covet other people’s relationships and complain about your singleness for the next FIVE YEARS??!! Girl, bye. We are better than that and even if you don’t have the whole “trusting God’s timing” thing down pat yet, you still ought to know that you are fabulous and worthy with or without a ring on your finger. Instead, I’m learning to ask the above questions in every area of my life that I find myself waiting on what I believe God will bring to pass.
Are you even prepared for what you’re praying for? Are you reallllyyyy ready to be a full-time business owner? Have you reallllyyy developed some fruits of the Spirit that’ll sustain a whole marriage and birth the next generation? Instead of complaining, I decided a long time ago to get up and get busy. I want to learn, grow and develop during this waiting season. I don’t know about you but when it’s time for the blessings to flow into my life- I want to be ready! I also want to have something to show for the time that I was patiently waiting.
Every activity and every desire, God has already taken into account. He’s interested in the little details and knows what’s best for us. Rest in that truth.
To my control freaks that are wondering what will happen once you totally surrender your plans for His- it’s simple: He will honor that obedience and step of faith and bless you with a PEACE that surpasses all understanding.
Things other people lose sleep over- He will give you rest, not only physically but spiritually.
Things other people get upset and anxious about won’t even phase you. Why?
Because you know who’s in control. You know that worrying and overanalyzing won’t add a single moment to your life.
We rejoice in the fact that God of the entire universe has promised that He’ll never leave nor forsake us. That indescribable peace is a promise. His plans to give you a hope and a future is a promise. Take Him at His word, He’s good for it.
With all that being said, you may still be reading with some doubt in your heart thinking, “But what if I do all this and things still don’t work out how I wanted them to?”
I’ll be the first to admit how hard walking with and fully trusting God can be. No one said it’d be easy but when I tell you it’s worth it- I’m speaking from experience! There’s freedom in letting go of our expectations and our own human reasoning and allowing God to just be God.
-I can’t explain why certain relationships I was in ended abruptly.
-I can’t explain why one of the closest people to me died from cancer.
-I can’t explain why certain job opportunities never came through.
I don’t have exact answers as to why those things happened nor when and how they did. In the moment it felt like the whole world was caving in. It felt like huge weights were on my shoulders and I was sinking with no hope of getting up for air. I understand the scariness and frankly, the disappointment we sometimes face when fully letting go and placing our trust in God.
During those times, through prayer, being surrounded by godly community, family and continuously playing uplifting worship music I found comfort in knowing that this life is not my own. God has me in the palm of His hand and as I continue to grow in His love, I’ve learned to lay down my identity, my plans and my timetable and take up His. I no longer have to keep searching for the answers to those difficult questions because my Heavenly Father knows all. I no longer worry. If He takes good care of the birds in the sky, surely He’ll take care of me, and you too! -His precious daughters.
I’m reminded of Galatians 2: 20-21 which I will share with you all from the Message Version.
It’s bold. It’s convicting. And it’s my daily reminder-
It is no longer I that live but He who lives in me.
“....I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.”
So, the seemingly bad news is- things won’t always go as planned. You will have to die to your flesh to truly become the woman God has called you to be and “Trusting God’s timing” won’t always look how we expect it to-
But what if I told you that that, my dear sister, is actually the good news...