Okay, I admit it. I hate to wait. When I have a task, I need to get it done; when I have an appointment, I’m there ten minutes early; when I order a book from the library, I check my account obsessively to see if it’s come in(and then, of course, I run right over to get it). And those are just the little things in life. The Bible tells us over and over that we need to wait for God. His timing is perfect, and usually when we are willing to wait, God blesses us in unexpected ways.
Here’s a small example. My husband and I were at the AFLC annual conference in Minnesota last week, along with about 500 other folks. My prayer partner (who belongs to another AFLC congregation) was not going, but she told me to look for her good friend, Patty. So I did. I peered surreptitiously at just about every name tag I saw. I asked people I did see if they had met anyone from Patty’s church. I considered going to the microphone and announcing “would Patty from Ruthfred please meet Joan at the back of the room” (I was actually too shy to do more than think about this option). By the last day of the conference, I had given up. I was just going to have to go back and tell my friend I had failed. On our way to lunch, my husband and I stopped to chat with someone and were late getting to the cafeteria–the room was filled. We wandered around and finally found what appeared to be the last two seats together at any table, and we took them. Guess who I ended up sitting next to? No other than Patty! This is what some of my Christian friends like to call a “Godcidence.” Patty and I were able to send my friend,GayLynn a selfie of the two of us lunching together!
My point? Try not to stress. God really is in control, and He’s working everything out for our good. If I can learn to trust Him in even the small stuff, like meeting up with a friend’s friend ….then I can surely trust Him with the big stuff.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6