Yesterday I was in a rush.
Today, I am in a rush.
I think I may be taking things a little too far sometimes. I am not rushing because of lack of preparation, I am rushing because I am trying desperately to stay on a schedule. I am rushing because there are important things that I need to make sure we take time to do. Things that will glorify God. Things that I am sure, God wants me to be doing. I have planners GALORE, schedules for EVERYTHING, and I set alarms on my phone so I don’t forget to do dumb things like check the mail. I can be proud of the way I handle my schedule because I am not only using pretty stickers and lettering to help streamline my day, but I am doing it all for the glory of God. Aren’t I just so awesome?
And then when it gets to be too much,
I am good about taking something off my plate. I have learned my lesson and I know that without God’s support, things don’t go smoothly and there is no point in fighting against God. This doesn’t necessarily change the fact that like I am FOREVER thinking about getting on to the next item on the to do list. I still seem to set these unrealistic expectations of myself and then I am frustrated when I don’t get things done the way I envisioned because I know that I am capable of it! I would love to say that I am doing all that I can to get things right, but I know that is really not true.
I think it’s safe to say, that we all try DESPERATELY, to control our time. We use the guise of “time management” and “being a good steward,” to show that we are being responsible with what God has given us, but the fact of the matter is, we never even asked Him what His plan was. We didn’t start by giving God space to SHOW us what to do next, or even utter a simple prayer before we decide it’s time to lay out all of our planner decorating materials and figure out the next 6 months of our lives. I know you probably don’t want to hear it, but it isn’t out nature to be obedient to God first and foremost. It’s our nature to work it all out and beg God for help later.
As a simple reminder for you today, I want to offer 3 things that you should know about God’s Timing. I pray these words come across as soft and encouraging and I pray that you are able to use them as a reminder as the days get busier and you get the urge to “figure it all out.”
God’s timing is focused on the future.
This vision is for a future time. It describes the end and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. Habakkuk 2:3
I love this verse! I use this verse to create the free printable (located at the end of this post). It reminds us that God has got this. He’s not worried about completing what is going on now like we are, because He can see the big picture and He knows what’s in store for us later. This is one of the many differences between us and God. We are focused on the here and now, the Lord is focused on the big idea. He is telling you that IT WILL COME and there is NOTHING that can stall it!
God’s timing is purposeful.
For everything there is a season. A time for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
Another one of our human distinctions is that, at times, we find ourselves doing things just for the sake of having something to do. God is never “just killing time.” His choices are motivated by purpose and intent. If you are frustrated with having to wait or having unanswered questions that is ok, but know that you don’t need to be. God isn’t exercising His authority over you just because He can, (“It’s no because I said so!), He is saying that now is not the time. He is protecting you. He is saving you for a time when it will be much more appropriate and mean so much more.
God’s timing is, powerful.
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
If we wait on the Lord to open our door instead of trying to pry them open ourselves, then our strength will be from the Lord instead of our own bodies. We will not have to struggle with things, they will come so much more easily. We will not get burnt out or tired because we will be walking in step with God. When we look at things this way, it seems a bit silly to force things to happen, only to have them be harder to struggle through.
I will leave you with this. Trust in the Lord’s timing. Begin with trusting that He IS planning for you, He HAS a direction you are going to go in. The Lord ALWAYS is faithful to his promises and He will let nothing stop Him from getting to the end of what He has planned.
Click the picture to grab your free page of cut outs and journaling cards! ! I’d love to see what you create! Comment with a picture of how you use these images (or even if you don’t, comment with how you journaled this verse!)
Here’s a look at what I used mine!
Happy Friday everyone!