Friday, October 21, 2016

It's Not Time

It happened twice this week. I woke up ready to start the day only to realize it was the middle of the night. The first time it happened it was 12:30 a.m. The second time, on a different night, it was 1:20. "It's not time yet," God tenderly whispers. 

I believe a similar pattern happens in our lives. We assume we're ready for something until God reminds us it's not time.

It's not time... to leave your job. God is still working. 
It's not time... to stop searching for that special someone. God is still working.
It's not time... to abandon your dreams. God is still working.
It's not time... to give up on that broken relationship. God is still working. 
It's not time... to quit believing God for a miracle. God is still working.

God is still working:

  • on your situation -- Details will be revealed in time.
  • on your character -- or theirs. When things don't make sense to you, they still make sense to God.
  • in His timing. Our lives operate on His calendar -- not ours.

Can I make a confession? I usually want to rush God, and I bet I'm not alone. My lack of patience has brought me to seasons of great frustration. Have you ever wondered:
   -   Where are you, God? 
   -   When will things get better? 
   -   How long do I have to wait?
   -   When will you stop this and start something new? 

God always has a plan. And thank goodness He does -- because I don't, and my plan's not always a good one. From the beginning of creation, God began with a plan. And it was good. His plan unfolds every day regardless of whether we take notice.

God is the author of time. He divided time into days and nights, weeks, seasons, and years. And even though we don't always understand His timing, we can trust it. 

So, the next time you're tempted to move and sense in your spirit that something isn't quite right, arrest yourself. Pray and ask God to grant you understanding and grow your belief.

"It's not time" doesn't mean "it will never be time." May your hope rise like the sun and your peace multiply day by day. 

Love,
Emily




"Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him." - James 1:12

"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." - 2 Peter 3:8

This post is dedicated to my friends in the waiting place. If you haven't read it, check out Ruth Graham's, "Fear Not Tomorrow, God Is Already There: Trusting Him in Uncertain Times."


4 comments:

  1. LOVE this post! Right where I am.
    Xoxo

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  2. Thank you Emily. Good words for this waiting heart today!

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    1. Thank you, Susie! Yes..... the waiting place......

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