Sometimes, it takes someone else to help you realize that you need to take a step back. After my last two blog posts, my friend messaged me to see if I was okay.
I reassured her that I was. Then, I reflected on my recent thoughts.
Really, it’s been a matter of when things don’t go as planned.
Perspective is everything, and my friend’s question was the prompting where I realized I needed to step back for a moment.
It can be very, very helpful to reflect on how God has worked in the past to remind us He is still working.
So what comes to mind…
- The sadness in infertility only to realize my child was born halfway around the world and placed in my arms five and half years later through the joy and incredible blessing of adoption.
- The joy in receiving a job offer and being excited at the thought of being able to get ahead only to find out a few weeks later, my husband was laid off. Guess what? All our bills were paid, we both learned a lot through the time, and my husband is back to work.
- As part of the pastoral search committee, we extended an invitation for a pastor to come to our church. He declined. Our church needed some time to step back and unite in prayer. During this time, God spoke to our church and this pastor who felt God calling him to our church. We will welcome his family into our church very soon.
My thoughts in all this? Despite how “perfect” I think my plans may be, God’s timing is perfect.
My gut wrench response is to want to be anxious, but I know just as in times past, I must trust God and His timing in my current situation. My plans may unfold a little differently than I originally had hoped, but He sees the entire picture.
When have you experienced God’s grace in the timing of your plans?