I was looking through some of my photos the other night and reminded of God’s timing that was displayed through the images. I haven’t always trusted God’s timing to be perfect or always considered it good, but the more I have experienced it, the more I know it to be true.
I am a bit of a Type A Personality – maybe not just a bit – so things like waiting on God’s timing has been a challenge. I tend to want to fix things or make things happen the way I think they should happen. It usually never worked out well when I chose that route. So, I quickly learned that if I didn’t want to mess things up, I just needed to sit back, learn patience, and wait and watch God work.
I have done a lot of waiting and watching in my life, sometimes more patiently than others. I will share a simple story that I feel illustrates my point.
Back about 6 years ago, I found myself working in camp ministry and struggling with the quite and loneliness associated with my position. It didn’t seem that God had marriage in mind for me yet, and so I told Him that I would really like to have a dog…one that could come on hikes and that I could take for walks. I told Him that I would really like to have a dog that looked like a husky, but didn’t necessarily have the temperament of one (I didn’t think I could handle a dog that always wanted to escape!).
Having told God all of this, I then proceeded to scour through Kijiji and SPCA sites to see if any one was selling a Husky. I did this for a couple of months and even went and visited a dog in Calgary, only to find that she was an escape artist and hadn’t been very well trained. So, in my mind, that meant that I needed a puppy that I could train, but they were so very expensive!
I came to a point were ‘I’ had to give up, I knew I couldn’t keep living my life trying to make this work out, and so I gave it to God saying, “Well, You know my heart and I can’t make this happen.”
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
A few weeks passed and then out of the blue I got a text from a friend in Calgary, she had been driving along a country road with her family around the Ponoka area and happened to spot the head of a puppy in a ditch. They stopped, only to find 6 puppies, dumped there, 4 alive and 2 already shot dead. They rounded up the ones they could and then came home with 3 puppies that needed homes. She sent me a picture and one of them looked like a husky!
She happened to be coming down the next week and so we did a trial week, but I knew that this was the one that God had handpicked for me! Kaleo has been my furry friend for the last 6 years, she looks like a husky but has the temperament of a German Shepherd, she loves people, and loves hikes. She has been a special gift from God, all because I was willing to wait for His timing! Now, every time I see her, she reminds me of God’s goodness, His care, and that His timing and way is perfect!
As a matter of fact, my husband and daughter remind me of the same as I had to wait on God’s timing for them as well. He is a good Father, and has consistently proven Himself to be trustworthy!
“This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.”
Now this isn’t to say that we will receive everything that we want or think we need in His timing, He wouldn’t be a very good Father then, because some things that we think are good, are not. There have been a few times where I had an ideal in my head and that was not the way it actually turned out, and it has always, always been for the better…because God truly knows my needs.
In Hebrews we read about the men and women of faith who trusted in and waited on God, but didn’t live to see His promises fulfilled. This passage always challenges me to consider if I will continue to trust Him, even if He says ‘no’ to certain things, even if I see certain dreams never fulfilled.
I know the struggle, the struggle to stop striving, the struggle to stay when we might not want to, and the fear to go when called. Often we can make excuses for why we aren’t doing what God says we should be, and that really speaks to the condition of our heart.
Really the question becomes, “Do you trust Him? Do you trust that He knows best? Are you willing to wait for His timing?”
“I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord More than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.” Psalm 130:5-6
*Originally published on The Eddy blog in 2016. Kaleo is now 9 years old :)