Waiting on God’s Timing

God’s colour palette is awesome! It’s a little too early to see gorgeous fall shades developing, but even without them there is so much beauty in nature. My camera and I are always trying to capture it, but can never quite do it justice.

There is a huge Ponderosa pine tree – also known as a Bull pine — just outside the backyard fence at my daughter’s home. Its six-inch long clusters of needles are a rich forest green and the bark is cinnamon red. It’s impressive, but my favourite tree here is on the other side of the yard… a Colorado blue spruce.

Its needles are much shorter, its cones smaller, but the silvery blue colour is outstanding.

I noticed the abundance of cones on the top new growth and was reminded of nature’s impeccable timing. The cycle of growth is amazing, from seed to plant to flower to seed.

As part of God’s creation, of course it isn’t nature’s timing at all, but His. I marvel, for instance, at how the pears ripen and suddenly know when it’s time to drop. The first one was taken from the pear tree here just yesterday, after this photo was taken.

On Day #4 of Jody Hedlund’s “Fun Secrets Blog Tour” she mentions a particularly difficult time in her life when her twin daughters were born prematurely, and I was reminded of when I had two miscarriages. I was devastated and wondered if there would ever be a sibling for our wonderful wee son. Later there was… in fact, two equally wonderful daughters arrived, and viewed in retrospect, God’s timing turned out to be much better than what I desired.

In the business of book publication timing is a huge factor. It takes time to write a book, to revise and edit. The submission process takes time – sometimes years of unsuccessful attempts – and it can be disheartening.

Faith in God’s timing implies trust in God. Knowing that His will for us is always in our best interest should make waiting for anything easier, but often we chafe because we lack patience.

What makes you impatient or restless? How do you deal with it?

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“Thus says the Lord, In an acceptable and favorable time
I have heard and answered you
and in a day of salvation I have helped you;
and I will preserve you…”

 Isaiah 49: 8a

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“For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment];
it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it,
because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day.” 

Habakkuk 2: 3

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7 thoughts on “Waiting on God’s Timing

  1. joylene says:

    If it’s a nice day, I sit on the deck and watch nature. Restfulness is a sure sign I need to be quiet and, as you say above, marvel.

    Lovely post, Carol. The trees are indeed beautiful.

  2. J says:

    Hee hee, everything makes me impatient! Focusing on the tasks (and joys) at hand helps, though.

  3. Laura Best says:

    A lovely post, Carol! I do believe that life unfolds the way it is meant to and in the right time.

  4. Carol says:

    Thanks for sharing your responses today. I’m patient about some things, and not about others. Fortunately, things I have no control over don’t bother me too much. I need to work at some of the others!

  5. I appreciate this post today.. and the perfect scriptures. I keep trying to remind myself as I wait for God to do that thing I think He must do… of all the other people and situations intertwined.. and that it will come together when it’s right. But sometimes I don’t do so good at remembering that :) But I keep trying.

  6. Keli Gwyn says:

    Remembering to trust the Lord and lean on Him when I’m waiting can be difficult, but He’s so good to send me reminders: the gentle words of a friend, recollection of a passage of Scripture, an unexplained sense of peace I know comes from the Spirit.

  7. Maureen says:

    I try to tell the Lord, “Patience? I already learned that lesson, don’t You remember that?” But I haven’t learned it. And need much more practice, it seems. I am so grateful that He is patient with me, every day.

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