Before I formed her in your womb, I knew her: Jeremiah 5:11. And, Tomeka, she is mine.These are the words my Father spoke to me about my daughter. As God continued to speak to me that evening, I pulled out my journal and began writing.
God, you knew her first. You have established her path. You have bestowed gifts on her. Gifts that will be used to glorify your kingdom in your time! Help me not try and plan every step, but let me depend on you and your timing. Lean not on my own understanding but on you. Your thoughts are higher than mine. Your ways are higher.
It was in that moment that I decided to shelve my plans and allow God’s plans to be fulfilled.
Our God is sovereign! Sovereign means that He is Supreme Ruler over not just the world but our lives and the lives of those we love, like our children.
The path that I am walking now, I could not imagine this ten years ago. But God had it already ordained.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Just as He has a plan for me, God has a beautiful plan already ordained for my daughter.
It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard with uncertainty. It’s hard when everything that could go wrong seems to go wrong. But I want to encourage you that our God is an on-time God!
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
In the book of Habakkuk, the first chapter is full of complaints from Habakkuk. Unlike some of us, Habakkuk didn’t pick up a phone and call a friend with complaints or looking for advice. Habakkuk went straight to the source with his complaints just as God tells us to do in 1 Peter 5:7: Casting all your anxieties on him, because He cares for you. So maybe when that friend does not answer the phone, you call Jesus instead. David did in Psalm 142:1-2.
As Habakkuk continues, God answers Habakkuk in 2:3, “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Just remember, God will do what He says he will do!
Read along with us for the next few weeks as we explore the gift in God’s Timing.
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Tomeka Jones is a higher education professional at her local community college. She has been married to her college sweetheart for 18 years and they are the proud parents of one amazing daughter. In the fall you can catch her on the pitch watching her daughter or watching college football. She loves to tell other women about God’s unconditional love for them. Click here to read more about Tomeka.