One Sunday, my dad was teaching me how to bake bread. I have to admit, I have never been too fond of baking, because I hate the constant need for precision – if anything were to go wrong at any time during the process that would be the end of it. Still, this time around, I decided to give it a try.
In the beginning, everything seemed to be working out nicely. I mixed together the ingredients, and then worked diligently to knead the flour in the yeast. So far, so good. Once I had finished kneading the dough into the shape I wanted, I left it in the loaf pan as instructed. At this point, I was on my own, as my dad had left to run a few errands in the meantime. I didn’t panic too much, as I figured that it wouldn’t take much genius to place it in the oven, and watch it. So once I thought the dough was ready, I placed it in the oven, and left the kitchen to go attend to some other tasks.
About forty-five minutes later, my dad returned and discovered the bread in the oven. He pulled it out, and to our dismay, found that the top of the bread had been completely burnt. I had overestimated the amount of time it would take to bake the bread. Despite my success in the initial stages, my timing had been off.
From my experience in the kitchen that day, I learned that good timing is key. When we think about our God, and the way He orchestrates His will for our lives, it becomes all the more clearer the significant role that timing has in the whole equation. We may try to plan our own lives according to how and when we think is right, but God’s timing is always best.
There are some things that are in my life, that if they had happened any sooner, I probably would not have appreciated it the way I do now. And I know that there are certain things that God is withholding from me, because God knows I am not ready for them. God does not work according to my scheduling, which I am grateful for.
Let us consider the story of Sarah and Abraham. To any logical human mind, the best time for Sarah to have had the promised child would have been right after the promise had been revealed. It would seem fitting for Sarah to give birth in her younger years. Yet, we find that it is not until years and years later, when Sarah is in her old age (90 years old), and is past childbearing age, that the Lord decides to grant His promise.
No, it did not make logical sense to the couple, and it was difficult for them to wait on the Lord, to the point when they actually decide to take matters into their own hands. (See Genesis 16 and 17. This is something that is definitely not recommended). Abraham and Sarah’s decision only ended up with more heartache and grief.
This is a lesson for us all to learn. When God promises us something, we have to trust that He is faithful, and will grant it, according to His time.
Waiting in general is not easy. For the single ladies out there, I know it can be quite testing to wait on the Lord to send that special someone in your life. I have especially struggled with this one for years. However, I have now started to understand why God is delaying in this department. It is because the Lord knows what is best. When the timing is right, and when I am ready, I know that He will send the right person into my life.
I am at a point where I am waiting for a lot of things in my life. In fact, I don’t think there was ever a point in my life, where I have had to wait more than at this present moment. It is a bit testing, especially because we live in a world where instant gratification is promised to us. Think fast food, television on demand, High-Speed Internet (and even that sometimes is not so fast)… the list goes on. Just watch people waiting in line at the grocery store, or for public transit, or even watch how they are while in traffic. Not even five minutes later, and you see people start to work themselves up in a frenzy. No wonder, why waiting does not come easy to us.
Yet, this is exactly what God expects of us. God wants us to patiently wait on Him to do what He does best. Maybe we need to wait a little while longer for God to fine-tune us just a bit, and prepare us for what He has promised. So during our waiting time, instead of crying out: “How much longer?”, let us allow the Lord to do the work He most needs to do, especially as we think in the grand scheme of things that ultimately Christ wants to work a complete heart transformation, and perfect our characters for His soon return. And of course, ultimately that is the grand event that we are all waiting for. We the church, are the bride, waiting for the return of the bridegroom. How will we spend the time we are waiting on Him? Will we be like the foolish virgins that thought they had all the time in the world to get ready? Or the wise, that made sure that they were prepared, no matter what the situation?
We may be tempted to be like those in 2 Peter 3:4 that start to doubt the Lord’s very real promise of His return: “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” Yet, thinking in this manner is dangerous. We need to make sure to fortify our minds against the lies of the enemy, by taking comfort in His certain promise, and preparing our hearts and minds to receive Him into our lives daily. This is so that when He comes, we will be ready to see Him, because we will be just like Him. (1 John 3:2).
Our ways are not the Lord’s ways. (Isaiah 55:9). We may think that we are waiting for Him, but ultimately He is waiting for us to finish the work of spreading His truth to nations far and wide, so that the whole world will have heard of Jesus’ name. Then, He can come and take all of His children home.
Unlike me in the kitchen that day, the Lord knows what He is doing. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to us ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9).
Glory Belongs to God
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