– and having the patience to follow his lead rather than running ahead of him –
is essential to those who are committed to seeing their faith journey
through to the end.”
– Marcia Ford
Seeing our faith journey through to the end.
I just finished a journey. I drove from Los Angeles, California to Charlotte, North Carolina. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. As varying circumstances came together, we knew it was time to commence the journey across the country. A family member is gravely ill.
On the second night of our road trip, we stayed at a hotel in Oklahoma City. Then on the third night of our road trip, we watched the news from our hotel room in Tennessee: “Oklahoma City is shut down due to the worst blizzard the city has seen in a decade.” We missed the storm by about twelve hours.
Despite the horrendous weather conditions striking many of the states we had passed through less than a day before, we arrived safely on the eastern side of the country. Then, after about a week or so of visiting relatives, I flew back home. Journey over.
Except I am discovering that the journey taking place inside of me continues still.
Reliving moments, remembering expressions.
Waves of emotion topple me. I am grateful to hug my healthy kids one minute. Then I find myself starting to weep while watching the Superbowl in the next. No, it wasn’t the commercials or the winning touchdown pass from my favorite underdog-quarterback. It was thinking about next year’s Superbowl broadcast. Will my 39-year-old cousin be alive to watch it?
At times like this, it’s hard to trust in God’s timing, knowing that He has the power to change any potential outcome.
But then Peter reminds me:
“With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (II Peter 3:8)
We cannot comprehend God’s timing because his understanding is beyond the constraints of time. I like how Marcia Ford puts it: “God seldom rushes things along. Getting used to his pace will help you in the long run.”
Much to our dismay, we have probably all experienced, at one time or another, just how seldom God rushes things along. I think this usually happens when we are hoping and praying for a certain outcome. Yet, all along God’s foremost desire is for another outcome – for us to see our faith journey through to the end, whenever that may be.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (II Peter 3:9)
Have you experienced a time when God’s perfect and providential timing seemed evident? Or a time when God’s timing didn’t make any sense at all?