He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11
When it comes to prayer, most of is things about timing - that is, we think about what the timing of God's answers should be. When the answer doesn't come immediately, we anxiously wonder why. But Ecclesiastes tells us,"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." God's timing is not the same as ours. His ways are not our ways. WE live out lives with a sense of earthly time. God sees things from an eternal perspective. Living in our time-bound world waiting for God's timing is often hard, especially when we ask for things we want or need now.
We have to remember that even though we pray and have faith, the final outcome and timing are in God's hands. He says there is "a time to heal" (3:3). So if you pray for healing and nothing happens, don't beat yourself up or be mad at God. God sometimes uses physical ailments to get our attention so HE can speak to us, He wants us to fervently turn to HIM. So keep praying ans don't give up hope.
The same is true when praying that God will save some one's life. We don't have the final say over any one's hour if death. The bible says there is "a time to die" (3:2), but we are not the ones who decide that. God does. And we must accept His decision. We can pray, but HE determines the outcome. We have to allow HIM to do that without resenting our getting angry at Him.
God's timing is perfect. And it is liberating when we surrender to it. There is great freedom in simply laying our concerns and desires before Him and then trusting Him for the outcome. What joy there is in looking for God's goodness to us in the midst of our times of waiting. While you may not be able to understand exactly what God is doing, you can trust that He is doing something. He has your best interests at heart. And He will make everything in your life beautiful in HIS perfect time.
This weekend I found myself in a funk - working outside in the yard is helping. I am ordering mulch this week and will be transplanting / splitting many of my plants. Along with planning the memory garden and patio area. Right now, I can tell I am in a time of being alone. Spending time with myself - just for a little while longer. Thank you all for continued prayers and notes of encouragement. It is a true blessing to know that I am NEVER alone with the body of Christ so close.
GRACE AND PEACE!