My son’s baseball team won the first game of the season tonight. They have been diligently going at it and tonight it finally paid off for them. Not only did they win (against a team that has beaten them twice), but they won big 19-7. I attribute this to three things… 1. The negative kid quit so they could stay more positive and encouraging. 2. Good pitcher- makes a huge difference (happened to be my son). 3. They kept it fun like it is a game or something.
I learn from this, if you are working hard at something and it just hasn’t happened yet. Timing is everything. And many factors are involved. And definitively, God knows when the best timing is. He knows what factors are in play, because we don’t usually even know that. We think we know so much, but speaking from my acting experience, behind the scenes is quite different than what we see on stage. God sees both, you see, and really cares more about behind the scenes. Hang in there. Your time will come! Trust God!😄❤
The pulse or rhythm of the oceans, the tide in its less romantic term, are dictated by the moon. Something so distant drives the waters to move in or out. The ocean does not decide what it will do that day. The moon decides. The water does not go where it will, it goes where it is told. The water does not work to figure out its day and plan to accomplish its own goals, it waxes and wanes as it is pulled and ordered by the moon. The moon sets its pulse. More importantly, the moon sets the tempo and rhythm for the ocean to be able to dance and where it is free to move. The moon has the power, though far away, seemingly intangible. There is a connection, a long distance relationship between the two. And the moon, with its great power over the vast ocean, is responsible with its power and only plays the role it was commissioned long ago. There is an order to the universe. There is an internal rhythm set for us all because God loves it when we dance. He is the orchestral lead. He orders our steps and the moon’s tempo. And why is this important? Because we move in response to love and that love is served best from God. He has to direct its timing. He has to create the perfect setting for the dance He so wants to watch us dance. He knows best. And His timing is perfect and worth any wait.
I love spaghetti, don’t get me wrong, but when your mouth is watering for a beautifully cooked steak and lobster, spaghetti disappoints. You walk into a restaurant eager for that long anticipated meal, could barely concentrate at work, didn’t eat much so you’d be ready for it and BAM, the waitress says they ran out. You can’t have it. Disappointment in life is like that. We want something really badly, want it with all your heart and deep into your soul and circumstances don’t let you have it. Heart breaking. I have a tendency toward impatience. In my maturing process, I am better than I’ve ever been, but that is not saying I am patient. I get lost in my constantly moving brain mixed with impatience and tend to not understand why I can’t have something immediately. If I am going to have it someday, why not now? See the problem? It negates the reality of inevitable change and surprise. You may get to the point you have saved up for and the thing is no longer available because someone else decided to keep it after all. There are things beyond your control, there are minds involved that can change, nothing is sure in this world apart from God. And here is the rub, in following Him, sometimes there are things He does not want you to have for whatever reason. The timing is not right for some hated reason or another. It is hideous but true. But there is always a reason. And. There is hope for the future. God never leaves us without hope. There may come a time when we can finally sink our teeth into our favorite meal and it will be so much better for the anticipation of it. It will be appreciated, taken in slowly and deliberately, it will be praised and enjoyed in a way nothing else could be. That moment would be worth every awful moment of pork and beans or hot dogs or spaghetti along the way, every let down of flavor and/or texture. When it finally co es, if it finally comes, that thing your heart has held worthy will give it a new singing voice. Until then, there is life to be sustained, health to look after, things to do, growth to be had. God knows our hearts but knows what needs to happen first and foremost. He loves and satisfies along all of life’s journey. It is all His idea.
Each of us can appreciate and respect and love our spouses, I am certain, but I wanted to dedicate this blog to my amazing husband. The Lord knew that I was at my crazy place, much in need of a closer relationship to Him and being farther from Him than is wise, I was so very lonely and hurting and uncertain. I had been verbally abused and neglected for just shy of most of my life in some form or another. And God answered the prayer of my heart in the man that started out being my friend and later became my date and then my husband. He is different than any man I had really known up to that point, which of course was the draw, but he had a patience and gentleness with me that I had never experienced before. He loves me. Through the strength of his love and security, faithfulness and encouragement, the Lord drew us back to Himself with greater clarity than I had known. Sometimes God draws us to Himself through other people and sometimes alone. In my case, He knew that we would be stronger in our union if we journeyed together. I am glad that God saw fit to unite us in marriage and gave me such a man that I could respect with all my heart and really feel his love back. This is how it is supposed to be. It only took 37 years to find him, but we are united happily ever after. Be encouraged that God knows exactly what or who you need in your life to complete you and raise you to a level of spectacular He had created you to be. Don’t settle for less than a mutually uplifting relationship. Trust the Lord because He knows so much more than we do and can see the future. He can heal you the best way at the best time and sometimes it is before you meet your spouse and sometimes it is after. He knows exactly what you need and will provide at the right time. I know this with utmost confidence because that is what He did for me.