Tuesday, September 18, 2012

His Timing is Perfect {Especially in the Little Things!}


"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven... He has made everything beautiful in its time..." Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11a

I believe that God's timing is perfect, all the time. Really, I do. It is easiest for me to see His perfection in the big things.

When my daughter came three months earlier than her due date, the timing looked pretty faulty from a human perspective. Yet her birthday was orchestrated by a loving and Sovereign God, and He made everything about her early arrival beautiful in its timing.

I've seen God line up jobs for me and my husband just when we needed them. I've seen Him come through at the last minute with unexpected checks, much needed vehicles, and even perfect apartments to live in. 

The little things are harder for me. Slow service at a restaurant, computer problems, my daughter waking up from her nap an hour early as I'm right in the middle of an important project... that's when my spirit rebels against God's perfect timing. I bubble up with impatience and spew frustration.

Have you ever thought of your impatience as rebellion against God? The concept is a new one to me, but it has been earth shattering. If I believe that every single event in my day is planned and ordained by a holy and loving God, then to get angry over what I see as an "interruption" is just that: rebellion against His goodness.

If God ordained that my computer should crash, who am I to think I know better and get angry? If it was His plan that my doctor's appointment was inconveniently cancelled, why can't I trust Him to reschedule my agenda perfectly?

Do I really believe that His timing is perfect?

If I do, than today I can be joyful, patient and content, no matter the divine interruptions and apparent inconveniences that come my way. 

I'm not being a fatalist. I certainly hope that my computer does not crash, and that my day runs in a smooth and orderly fashion.

I'm not asking for trouble. I am asking Him for perfect peace and patience to roll with whatever He brings into my life today. That He would teach me to trust Him in everything, even and especially the little things.

Do you find it harder to trust God with the little things or the big things? How have you seen God work His perfect timing out in your life?

Linked with: Growing Home, Far Above Rubies, Time Warp Wife, and A Pause on the Path.

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