Wednesday, January 15, 2014

When the Timing Seems Wrong, By Miranda H.

When the Timing Seems Wrong

By Miranda H.

God’s “timing” is something that comes up frequently during conversations among Christians. You know how it goes…you will often have an area of life in which you need guidance or understanding, such as school, family, money, or boys. When you need advice or answers, the first thing you tend to do after you pray is go in search of a fellow believer who can help you make sense of whatever hardship you are going through.

You will tell them, “I got an F on my paper and now I’m at risk of failing the class. I may never get into my dream college. Now what?” or “My parents are getting divorced and my boyfriend broke up with me on top of it. Why is this all happening at once?” The answer almost always seems to hold similar information. Something along the lines of, “I know it doesn’t make sense now, but it’s all a part of God’s plan for your life. One day the reasoning will seem perfectly clear.”

I personally, sometimes have a hard time accepting this advice as accurate, even though I know in my heart that it is 100% true. It’s difficult not to think, “Why does God want to see me in this much pain?” I’m sure you can all relate. It’s not hard to remember a time in your life where you have felt this way. When life gets tough, we don’t want to think about the future reasons that will help the situation to make sense. We want to understand WHY, the exact second that the hardship occurs.

We, as Christian women, have so much more strength within ourselves than we like to think. Why? Because we have something that cannot be shaken. We have a weapon that will allow us to stand up to any tough time. What is that weapon? Our FAITH. Our awareness for how much God loves us is an advantage to us during hard times. We know that we have Him to lean on. We know that He will get us through. Why is it is a struggle to KNOW that what we are going through is for reasons greater than we can imagine? Why is it easy for us to become angry with God and tell Him that His timing is terrible?

Isaiah 40:31 says, “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” This verse tells us to “renew our strength,” NOT to fall victim to weakness. It tells us to “not be weary,” NOT to be doubtful. It says to “walk and not faint,” NOT to curl up in the corner and turn your back on God.

Take a look back at the beginning of that verse. What does it say? Does it say to be impatient, and question everything? Absolutely not. This verse tells us to WAIT for the Lord. Don’t forget about him, or assume that He has nothing to do with what is going on. He always knows what He is doing, and He will provide you with peace when the time is right and your heart is ready to receive it.

Don’t doubt God in the hard times. Instead, love Him more than you ever have.


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