It’s the season of ceremonies and decision making. People are graduating, and some are trying to figure out what to do with their lives. The funny thing is that we expect these decisions to happen on our time. We need to know now, and if that decision arrives too late, we ignore the calling.
We can’t rush the One who created time though.
Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” (Genesis 18:10-12 NIV)
It has been estimated that Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 when the child God promised them was born. Do you really think God is going to stick to traditional timeframes when He works in your life? This could mean anything. Maybe you will not find someone until later in your life. Maybe you will travel now or when you are retired. Maybe you will be called to sell everything you own and go on a mission for God.
The things we desire, and even the things we are called to do, can happen at any moment within our lives. We live in a world governed by time, but created by a God who is not bound by it.
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 NIV)
It can be a difficult thought to live with. Will I ever do this? Will I ever do that? There comes a time when you just have to realize that you are on God’s timing, not your own. Something you want could happen years later, or something unexpected could happen now. It is the ticket attached to living a faithful, and patient life. Enjoy it. The feelings surrounded by a watched clock might be distasteful, but there is hope and security in knowing that if or when something happens, it will be at the right time.
Your decisions might be tough now, but the answers will soon be clear. God has a time for everything.