Timing

When? Right now please. As in immediately. Like, I wanted it yesterday.

Sound familiar?

It should. This is our typical western approach to pretty much everything. Want a burger? No problem, that restaurant has a hole in the wall so you can just drive by and grab it. Looking for a new song? Hey, just download it. Want to know what that book says? Don’t bother reading it. Someone else already did and will share the info in bite sized chunks for the right price.

Even our news distribution is radically changing to work within this frame of mind. Monthlies gave way to weeklies; which turned into dailies; which were replaced by 24-hour news; and that rolled into web news, which is even being 1-upped by social media.

We are an impatient “right-now” kind of culture.

This invades our spiritual life in dangerous ways sometimes. We pray for something and become immensely disappointed because we don’t see results that fit our time-table. We don’t like to wait and we exhaust ourselves with a sense of over anxious anticipation.

God wants something different for us. After all, at the end of the day, we either believe He is sovereign or we don’t. Either He has it all under control or we are on our own.

I’m glad to know that God’s timing is better than mine. He offers me what I can handle when I can handle it, and not just when I want it.

Next time your stuck waiting on something from Him, don’t be so anxious…

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. – Isaiha 40:28

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