He has made everything beautiful in its time…Eccl 3:11
Do we remember the song by the Maranatha singers?
‘In His Time…He makes all things beautiful in His time…
Lord please show me every day as you are teaching me your way
That you do just what you say in your time’
I’m writing this to encourage those of us that think that God is running late and perhaps are tempted to ask ‘God why me’?. Last night, I had a conversation with a friend who seemed to be asking God ‘why me?’ and who sometimes felt standing up for God hadn’t quite paid out. Just reminded me of Elijah, who after standing up to Jezebel felt that he was standing alone. Imagine, this mighty man of God that had held back the rain by the word of his mouth was terrified by a woman’s threats and ran away. However, God said to him that he still had 7000 prophets besides him (Elijah) that hadn’t bowed to Baal. Sometimes, we feel in the face of trials like we are standing all alone or that God is unfair because we have no idea what others are going through. But truth be told, we aren’t alone, God has many children like us going through severe trials and believe it or not, God is in there with us like He was with Joseph in prison. The Bible records ‘ But the Lord was with him in prison…’Gen. 39:21
Like God knew what was going through my mind, just after that conversation, I got some really good news. When I was a kid, I had a nice Bible Club teacher; she loved kids so passionately and was simply fantastic. I remember some of the songs from her classes up until now, in fact I am unconsciously humming as I write. She even taught me the song “In His Time”, how could I forget? At the time, she was in final year I think and was engaged to be married to the head of the fellowship she attended in their university. She loved kids so much that she already had several books in her library which she had bought for her future kids library. She often shared them with us if we promised to be very gentle and ensure the pages were not dog eared upon return. Not too long afterwards, they got married, lovely couple they were, both loving God and loving his people.
And then the wait began, for someone that already had a library for her future kids, serving and loving God alongside her wonderful husband, everyone thought the kids would come immediately. They both went into ministry and her kids’ ministry got even bigger and bigger and her husband was just as zealous as he had ever been. One year became two years and then five years, ten years, fifteen years and then twenty years and some…and then God answered and gave them their own child; a beautiful baby boy. As I looked at the pictures on Facebook last night, from the hospital to the dedication, my heart was leaping for the years of waiting and pain and grateful for the grace to continue serving faithfully. Their faces had aged from the last time I saw them, but I saw the triumph of God’s word and the amazing testimony. Why God made them wait for 20 years plus I would never know. Imagine if God told them, Mr. and Mrs., you’ll have your own kids in 20 years, just wait. They would never have worried. But you see waiting was the journey, their peculiar journey of finding peace in God so much that it ceased to bother them that they didn’t have their own kids yet. Yet amidst their pain, unlike discouraged Elijah who ran away, they continued, raising kids for the kingdom and leaving lasting legacies that they may have no idea of. Several of the kids she taught in Bible Club and Sunday school had gone ahead to have kids of their own; so imagine how trying that could have been for her. But today, God’s word stands true…and as I looked at the pictures, it was for me just testimony that God makes ALL things beautiful in His time. Not our time, because if it was our time, auntie would have wanted kids within the first year of marriage. She may even have had names for her children in her heart from the first year of waiting. No doubt, the path must have been rough, but I am certain that God gave them grace to get through and their lives blessed and encouraged many others as they went through their process. There is also the story of a dearly beloved Pastor I know and admire who God blessed with a child two months ago, after being married for 17 years, 17 years!!!
I don’t know what you are waiting on God for, please don’t give up on God and He won’t give up on you! He’s ABLE!!! Take your eyes off that need and focus on God in the waiting room. He always always comes through and He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. As I write today, I stand in awe of the God that is faithful through the ages, the God that never fails. As I think upon those pictures, I remember several examples from the scriptures of devout people that served God and had to wait. Thinking about how it was for Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah. The Bible records that they were devout people serving God, for Elizabeth, no doubt, people had labeled her barren. Just like people today may have their explanations for your wait…and honestly many times, those explanations are hurtful and depressing but that is man’s opinion not God’s. I encourage you to take your eyes off your circumstance and find rest in God. There are so many testimonies but I have shared this one to remind you that you are not alone, God will come through sooner than you think. He will always come through for you, He’s the same now as then. You may not know how, you may not know when, but He’ll do it again.
Blessed is she that believes for there shall be a performance of those things which were spoken by the Lord (Luke 1:45)
Trust God, He is reliable and He makes ALL things beautiful in HIS time!
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