“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever; the purposes of his heart through all generations.” (Psalm 33:11)(NIV)
The Bible is perhaps the consummate exercise in perfect timing. Stories of near-misses, last-minute rescues and thrilling victories abound. I think of Abraham and Sarah’s incredulity at the announcement they would have a son in their old age (Gen. 21:2). God’s timing is not ours, and because of this, I believe He often spares His people from knowing it. How could Abraham have possibly waited those 30 long years after the promise of a son was delivered to him, had he know just how long it would be before he held the child in his arms? Wouldn’t his heart have failed him? There was a plan at work in Abraham’s life – a blessing beyond imagination – but it was entirely beyond his control.
“As passengers, it is not for us to interfere with the charts and the compass. We should leave the masterful Captain alone to do his own work.” – Robert Hall
I am a control freak. I often find it hard to accept that I cannot make a desired end materialize – even after doing all I can. But at times, I also find it comforting to know someone else is in control. The prospect of someone bigger, smarter and more loving than me at the helm of my life is soothing. It is encouraging, also, to know that nothing can thwart God’s plans for me, that His plans “stand firm,” no matter the circumstances. As we move forward through our lives in faith, we may have to wait – for an answer, for a sign, for what we want. We may have to wait for “perseverance to finish its work” (James 1:4). But we know that as we wait, there is nothing but the best of intentions – the best of plans – at work for our benefit. And God’s grace is always sufficient for the waiting (2 Cor. 12:9).
Heavenly Father, I have never liked waiting. Like a child, when I am obedient, I expect an immediate reward. But that type of relationship with You doesn’t foster the kind of obedience You require – the kind borne out of love. Strengthen my heart when I’ve done what You ask and then have to wait. Help me to remember that sometimes the waiting is part of the plan. I prefer you as the Captain of my life to all others, so help me to be faithful and enjoy the ride. I love you Lord. Amen.