God’s Own Time

“All your people will be righteous. They will possess their land forever, for I will plant them there with my own hands in order to bring myself glory. The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60 21-22

Thinking about when God’s timing has been most evident in my life caused me to be more self-reflective than usual. But what I realized was the examples that stood out most in my mind happened years ago. Like meeting my husband.

I had moved to Birmingham from Nashville where I spent years dating my fair share of frogs and knuckleheads! And then, two weeks after moving, a friend invited me to their church to introduce me to someone. But my friend didn’t make it to church that Sunday, so I met my husband instead. Only God!

Or the time we were unable to conceive after years of trying. While volunteering with United Way, I was introduced to Catholic Family Services. They were one of two agencies that placed infants for adoption at that time. Through them we adopted our wonderful son. And as often happens, once the pressure was off, we were able to conceive. We were blessed to deliver our brilliant baby girl. Again, only God!

But all of that happened 20-plus years ago. Was there no recent event that clearly pointed to God’s impeccable timing? No current plan that did not go as I expected but worked according to the Lord’s better timing?

Almost as soon as the thought floated through my mind, something happened. I wish I could tell you the exact moment, where I was and what transpired, but I cannot. What I do remember thinking was that God had done it again.

And that is when it hit me that God is working each and every moment of each and every day in my life – and yours – to cover and protect us. Things happen to us all day, every day that we may see as delays or not part of our grand plan for our lives. But, while we see a delay, God sees all the pieces working together for His ultimate plan.

Now, when I catch every red light on the way to an appointment, it makes me wonder if God is keeping me safe. Maybe I have missed being in an accident by just those few minutes. Or when life throws a wrench in my well-laid plans, I think back to a song we used to sing at my church in Nashville.

The words are “If I can just hold out, if I can keep the faith, in God’s own time, my change will come.” It helps me remember when I am in the “wait” that this too will pass in God’s perfect timing. And it never fails that events will work out and point directly to the hand of God and how He times life in our favor.

Read along with us for the next few weeks as we explore the gift in God’s Timing.

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Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.

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