All in God’s Time

by Karen Wingate

A long line stretched up a flight of stairs toward Customs at the Dulles International Airport. Wearily, I checked my watch. We had less than two hours before our next flight, the second of three flights that would bring us from Austria to home in the States. My aunt caught my action and shrugged. “It’s the airline’s job to get us where we need to be. If we miss a flight, they’ll get us on the next available flight. We will get home.”

I’ve thought about her words many times since then. I’ve realized how often I get tense over time: reaching a destination, waiting for dinner guests, worrying that someone’s tardiness will mess up my schedule. The problem is that I’m on my time clock and not God’s.

He knows what He has planned for me. He knows my future and my destination. It’s His job to get me where I need to be so I can accomplish the plans He has for me (Jeremiah 29:11). So, if I put him in charge of what He has promised to accomplish with my life, I don’t have to stress over the timing. Whatever He wants me to get done will get done.

I wonder if David stressed over schedules snags like I do. God had promised through the prophet Samuel that one day, David would be king of Israel. Samuel had even anointed him with oil, a sure and certain sign that this was God’s plan. Yet the current king, Saul, chased David over wadi and wilderness for what Bible scholars believe was a twenty-year period.

Did David ever wonder when and if this king thing would ever happen? Did he fear for his life? Or did he grip the memory of that special day years ago that promised someday he would be king of Israel? Perhaps that’s why David was able to act with such calm when he had the chance to kill Saul twice (see 1 Samuel 24 and 26). He knew God had promised he would be king. It was God’s job, not David’s, to get David to the throne at the time of God’s choosing.

If it was true for David, it’s true for the rest of us. I need to have the attitude that I fit into God’s schedule; it’s not my prerogative to ask Him to fit into mine. When I take that perspective, it changes how I approach situational snags. God has promised to get me safely home to Heaven at the time of His choosing. He has promised in the meantime to never forsake me and to give me good work to do in His name.

Proverbs 16:9 says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Your time snag might be God’s redirection, asking you to align yourself with His plans for you for that day. That time crunch may lead you to intersect with someone who needs an encouraging word or the salvation message of the Gospel. He may be sending you to an oasis where you can spend precious moments with Him. Or He may have a growth lesson for you as He challenges you to trust Him in a new and different way.

So, when things don’t go according to plan, we can relax, knowing God has the master schedule and it’s His job to get us where we need to be. It will all work out in the end.

The next time you think you might be late to a dental appointment, your spouse is late from work, or your child makes a mess at a time when you don’t think you have the time clean up, relax. God will work out the timing. And He’ll use the intervening moments to magnify His purposes in some pretty amazing ways.

This article brought to you by the Advance Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

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About the Author: Karen Wingate, author of With Fresh Eyes: 60 Insights into the Miraculously Ordinary from a Woman Born Blind, loves to see the world, whether on a short term mission trip to Austria, a visit to her grandson, or the mountains surrounding her hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Karen writes for the Proverbs 31 ministry’s Encouragement for Today devotional and blogs at www.karenwingate.com.

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Discover a world you’ve never seen before in the pages of With Fresh Eyes: 60 Insights into the Miraculously Ordinary from a Woman Born Blind. You’ll find hope and wonder as you take a fresh look at what God has done and what He has promised to do for each of us.

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