As humans, we are impatient. We are impatient while waiting in lines, we are impatient when we drive, we are impatient at red lights, and we dislike waiting on anything. My friend once told me a story where she was in the drive thru at Starbucks, and she knew the person behind her. My friend was in a hurry so she had to leave the Starbucks line and head to work. The girl that was behind her called her a few minutes later and said, “You should have waited just a few more minutes! The person in front of you paid it forward! I got my drink for free!” If only my friend would have waited a few more minutes, she would have gotten her drink paid for. My best friend Miranda and I are always looking for parking places. We drive around for what seems like 30 minutes trying to find an open spot. As soon as we leave the parking lot to go somewhere else, we see a person pulling out of their spot. If we would have waited 5 more seconds, we could have gotten that spot. God does little things like this to teach us patience. We naturally find ourselves waiting for the next big thing, but what we do not understand is that God has created a different path for each and every one of us. Some will graduate sooner, some will become employed sooner, some will get married sooner, and some will have children sooner. These are all exciting things, so instead of being bitter toward the people who experience these things sooner than others, be happy for them! God has a blueprint laid out for your life, so why rush it? If you choose to go down your own path and rush things, you will not experience the better outcome that God has planned for you. I can assure you that God’s plan for your life is a greater plan than you could ever create for yourself. God has created this season of waiting especially for YOU! Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” The majority of our anxiety comes from wanting things to happen before they are meant to happen. The bible says to put ALL of your trust in God. Not some trust, not a little trust, not trust every now and then, but ALL trust. Matthew 6:34 says, “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Do not worry about where you are in life right now. I know it is easier said than done, but these words are coming from our God. Our God does not fall short on his promises, our God does not disappoint, our God especially does not say things he does not mean. One of the biggest ways that God reveals himself to us is in his timing. I know that many times I ask myself, “God, what are you doing? Why is this happening?” But, there has NEVER been a time where He did not come through and remind me that His timing is impeccable. Let God set the pace for your life.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2