Have you ever found yourself in a line like this picture? Stuck behind a slow moving vehicle. For the last while we have lived in an area where farms are abundant. That means that farm equipment is also abundant. And let me just say this post isn't a complaint against farmers or tractors or anything like that. Far from it.
As most of you know, we have been in a holding pattern for some time now. In truth, our levels of patience have gone up and down depending on the day. If I'm honest, that's probably more about my levels of patience than Lori's. She is gifted with patience. I'm not. Yet we have learned to wait on God's timing. Consider this. When Jesus came to earth, it didn't just happen on a whim. Galatians 4:4 says, "But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law." (NLT) In the KJV they use the phrase "fullness of time," and "appropriate time" in the NET. Jesus came when it was the right time for Him to come. You see, I tend to struggle with that idea. I want things to happen when I want them to happen. I have a plan and a time table and things should go according to that time table and that plan. But God isn't bound by my plans, my time table.
Have you ever felt that way? You have a plan but things have not gone according to your time frame. Then how are things internally? How do you react to that situation? Do you get upset? Grumpy? Impatient? I know in my own heart, God has had to deal with me a few times to rub off some of those things that shouldn't have a home in my life, but to my surprise, have had one. I'm not saying I'm perfect now; far from it. But through this experience I've seen God expose my heart and shine His light into areas that needed it.
Why do we go through those times? I believe it's so we learn to trust Him for "the right time" or "the appropriate time" for things to take place in our lives. That's what He has done in me, at least. In fact, recently we heard from the Maritime District that their paper work is almost completed on our visas. They told us to start packing! :) It looks like by the first week of March we will heading out to our new home! From following that slow moving vehicle to full speed ahead in a matter of a short Zoom meeting! You see God is always at work. Even when we don't see Him working, as the worship song says, He still is!
So, today can I encourage you to press into waiting on God and His timing. He is faithful. He never abandones us or forgets about us, but sometimes we feel as if He has. He hasn't. The truth is He has never failed and He won't start now. I leave you with a link to a YouTube Video of a song called He Won't Fail by Maverick City Music. Hope it encourages you.