God’s Timing is Perfect
The temperature on the back of my neck begins to warm to a slow burn. I begin to pace anxiously while continually checking my watch. My anxiety grows. These are of few of the tangible things that occur when my patience begins to evaporate. However, several years ago, I realized that these feelings were not beneficial to my health. I’m a work in progress in learning to wait and trust God’s timing.
Along with being obese at the time, high blood pressure was one of the primary reasons for my stroke. In addition to drastic changes in how I approach my eating habits, I realized I needed to lower my levels of stress. To this point, I was standing somewhere waiting on a friend as those feelings of impatience were beginning to boil over. At that moment, I felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit reminding me to be grateful. Gratitude toward the friend that had made a point to help me that evening. I decided that night to commit to memory the fruit of the Spirit bible verses. I hope that reciting this beautiful passage of scripture will stem the tide when I’m feeling impatient. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-25)
God’s Way is Different
Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle even when it comes to waiting on God’s timing. Sometimes it seems that God continues to put me in situations that will strengthen my “patience muscle.” Thus, giving me the strength and the courage to be willing to wait on His perfect timing and trust His plan.
For example, I recently had a conference call with the woman who is working with me to design my next book, The Furnace of Affliction: How God uses our Pain and Suffering for His Purpose.
We had a hearty good laugh when we remembered that it had been almost a year and a half since I first mentioned writing this book. She applauded me for sticking with it and persevering. However, I shared that it is God who continued drawing me back to the keyboard to work on this labor of love.
There were many times when I wanted to quit working on my manuscript. It was challenging at times to write about things in my life that had caused me tremendous pain. God gently reminded me that it was Him who’d put this message on my heart. Sometimes He’d awaken me late at night, and I write for hours until the sun began to peek through the window shades at sunrise.
Despite all the ups and downs of putting this book together: health issues, financial constraints, and distractions from the devil, God is faithful. He continues to show Himself in the obvious and sometimes not so obvious ways. God intervened when necessary. I smile as I remember that He is always near. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you. (Psalms 9:10)
Faith is for Action
One question we have to ask ourselves is how diligently are we seeking God? During my times when I was forced to wait, I still spent time in God’s word searching the scriptures. My physical pain subsides when I spend time reading my bible and praying.
One day I threw myself down and cried out to God to help ease my pain. Oh, how your faith rejuvenates when He answers! God’s response to my cries gave me peace in a weird sort of way. I was hurting a little less, but I knew He’d heard my pleas for help. So after a visit from the nurse, I was back at it as much as I could. I was trusting my Savior to bring me through.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will flame burn you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior. (Isaiah 43:2-3)
Benefits of Waiting on God’s Timing
Instead of sharing all the details as I approach publishing my next book. I’m going to share with you some promises of God from His infallible word. Then ask yourself the question, are you willing to wait on God’s timing in EVERY situation?
Yet those who wait upon the Lord will gain new strength; thy will mount up with wings as eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. (Isaiah 40:31)
For from the days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, who acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him. (Isaiah 64:4)
So, I’ll ask again. Are you willing to wait on God? Do you trust His plan for whatever you are facing right now? I don’t know about you, but I could use a hefty dose of renewed strength! I can’t think of anyone better to act on my behalf than the Creator of the universe, God Almighty! So, make a concerted effort to seek God with all your heart and be willing to wait on His perfect timing, and get ready to watch Him work! Be patient, friend.
Horace Williams, Jr.