Four times in the past week, He’s reminded me of the same message. God’s timing is PERFECT. I want to use this moment to share how He’s been speaking this to me and share what’s on my heart regarding the topic.
Tuesday, April 28 – I’ve had the same electric keyboard (piano) since I was probably about 8 years old. Six of the keys on one end were broken, but I had enough working keys in the middle and on the other side of the piano that I could still play songs. After all these years of making it work, I finally decided to buy me a better keyboard. I waited two weeks for Amazon to deliver it, and it finally arrived on the evening of April 27th. The very next morning, I woke up, hopped out of bed, tripped over my laptop charger that was plugged in, and accidentally pulled my laptop off of the window ledge. It dropped onto my old piano that was on the floor directly under the window, and one of the keys right in the middle of the piano broke off.
After all of these years of playing my old piano, it finally died. It was by no coincidence that this happened the morning after my new piano arrived. When I saw that key break, all I could think was “God’s timing is perfect.”
Friday, May 1 – “Today’s the day!” Filled with excitement, nervousness, and faith, I prepared to help a close friend of mine move into her new apartment. There had been a long road of her getting to this day, but it was finally here. She went to her car so she could run a quick errand, only to come back in a few minutes later and tell me her car was not working. “Out of all days, why today!?” I didn’t really have words in that moment, so I just gave her the keys to my car and told her we’ll figure it out when she comes back from the store.
God had already spoken with me in my quiet time regarding the timing of this move, and He had given me peace about it. So when the enemy tried to creep in and cause us to doubt, I had no choice but to stand firm in faith. She doesn’t know it, but while she was gone, I stood in the window looking out at her car, praying: “God. I know what you said. I know what you told me. I know I didn’t hear you wrong. Her moving today is a part of your plan. I don’t know how you’ll do it, but I know you’re going to fix it. Fix it Jesus.”
She came back. We went out and looked at her car. It was making a weird sound and wouldn’t start. It wasn’t your normal ‘battery is dead’ sound. I video-chatted my mom because she’s good with cars. She told us to check a few wires under the hood. We could not get the hood open to save our lives. She tried; I tried. “We can’t both be doing it wrong” I thought to myself. It felt like it was stuck. Out of frustration, she did not want to try to get it open anymore. Instead, we decided to try and fit as many of her belongings as possible into my car and figure the situation out from there.
After packing up my car, she asked me what should she do. We talked about options such as calling roadside assistance, but I told her I first wanted to try to get her hood open again. This had to be about 45 minutes later. Do y’all know she opened it with no effort? We checked what my mom said to check and didn’t see anything wrong. We decided that I should call my mom back, and she should check with her uncle first before closing the car up. After being on the phone for about 10 or so minutes, we both hung up. She said her uncle told her to try getting a jump —before she even finished getting her sentence out, some neighbors stopped their car in front of us and asked if we needed a jump. They said they saw us and it looked like we could use some help.
The story gets better. The first two times she tried to jump start her car, it didn’t catch. The neighbor says to her “Let me try something. I’m going to adjust the position, and I want you to try one more time.” That’s right! Her car started. Everything else about that day fell into place from there. All I could do was blast my Kanye Sunday Service Choir album “There is NOTHING too hard for GOD, No-thing too hard for God, Power belongs to God!!!”
Now, looking back over the moment, I’m convinced it was either the enemy trying to stop us or maybe God just wanted to use this as an opportunity to show out. Either way, my faith was strengthened through the entire situation. I have become more confident in that I really do know His voice, and I know that I can stand firm on what He’s told me. Not only with this situation, but with others, too! We have to trust Him wholeheartedly, even when we don’t understand.
My sister said she could picture Jesus with His hand on the hood of the car, holding it closed that first time we tried to get it open. It really didn’t make sense in the moment, but now it does. If we had gotten the hood open an hour earlier, the neighbors may not have seen us and offered the jump! If we had given up prematurely out of discouragement and not tried to open the hood again, we never would have saw God’s power! If the neighbor hadn’t stopped, thought about it, and said “let’s try one more time,” I wouldn’t be able to tell this testimony right now. All she and I could say was that His timing is SO perfect – I keep getting emotional when I think about it.
Monday, May 4 – I’m on Facebook doing my brief morning scroll when I come across a short 5 minute FB Live video from the founder of Christ & Counseling. She said she wanted to share what the Lord had placed on her heart about the waiting process. She literally spoke to my whole life and doesn’t even know it. She talked about us needing to wait on God and trust His timing. That thing we want? If He promised it, if He showed you it, it’s yours – at the right time. She talked about how sometimes we aren’t ready for certain promises. She talked about how God is strategic. She even gave an example of how maybe the reason we’re single during quarantine is to maintain a vow to celibacy – literally my life right now.
We might be excited for that good thing that God promised, “especially when we’ve been waiting for so long,” but God can see the big picture. He can see what we can’t. He knows what we need better than we do. He knows when we need to be strengthened and developed. He is intentional and His timing is perfect! This whole 5 minute video was everything I needed to hear for this season. There is a promise I’m waiting on and I’m becoming increasingly antsy about it, but He keeps reminding me to wait on Him and trust His timing. I absolutely cannot wait to receive the promise. And considering the way He’s been showing Himself to me this past week, I’m confident that it’s coming and that this waiting period is purposeful. #Faith.
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”2 Peter 3:8-9
Monday, May 4 (another one lol) – The friend that I helped move; her faithfulness to God has been admirable to say the least. I’ve watched her put Him first in everything and trust Him to make a way even when there feels like there is no way. Her moving out during Corona season was nothing short of a leap of faith. She’s been off of work for weeks due to the stay at home order and the unemployment office is near impossible to get a hold of these days. When she moved into her new place on Friday, she had not heard from her job. She had no idea where her next paycheck would come from. BUT GOD! She text me yesterday telling me she started back to work!! His timing is PERFECT!!!!!!
Needless to say, I’m overwhelmed by His goodness. As we walk through our various circumstances, we may not always understand what He’s doing in the moment, but the word says “TRUST in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5. We may not be able to see it now, but He has a plan. He always has a plan. One thing I’m learning is that His way of doing things may not be what we expected when we prayed, but He knows what He’s doing.
It isn’t always easy to allow God to be God. It isn’t easy to sit around waiting and being obedient. I have to constantly remind myself not to give in or run ahead of God. I’m in a season where He’s teaching me to become less so that He can become more. I know what I want, but I always tell God that I want what He wants for me more than what I want for myself. I want His plan, not my own. I want to see Him work in mighty ways. I want Him to Blow. My. Mind. And the only way to see that happen is to get out of His way and trust that He has it taken care of. He does not need my help. He’s teaching me self-control, strengthening my faith, and building my endurance all at the same time. He’s creating patience within me.
I’m trusting God for something very specific. I’m becoming more and more confident in what He’s shown me. I’m growing from a place of asking for constant confirmation that He actually said it and into a place of praying boldly that this specific thing is already done. It is mine. It is going to happen. This isn’t arrogance. I know I can’t see the future and nothing is guaranteed. No, this is FAITH – “The substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1. It’s just a matter of timing. No more “if’s” or “maybe’s”, only “when’s” now.
With that being said, what are you believing God for, and are you willing to wait on His perfect timing to get it?