God’s timing

As I was browsing on my Facebook newsfeed, I came across this photo below posted by one of my friends.

Image: Facebook

Image: Facebook

It makes me think of how God’s time really run? How does God’s time really work? As what Joyce Meyer says, “we often say God is never late,  but generally He isn’t early either. Why? Because He uses times of waiting to stretch our faith in Him and to bring about change and growth in our lives.”

Exodus 13:17-18 tells us that God led the Israelites the longer, harder way on their journey to the Promised Land because He knew they were not yet ready to go in. There had to be time for their training, and they had to go through some very trying situations. They wasted a lot of time wondering about God’s timing, but God never failed to take care of them and show them what He wanted them to do. When the Lord closes a door, it means that He has something better for me than I had for myself. (Meyers)

Imagine this way, you see an open door. You want to walk through it. But before you get there, the Lord quickly shuts it. You are left no choice but to turn around and walk away, each step asking ‘why?’. Sometimes, you are fortunate to learn the reasons later on and sometimes you don’t. Either way, you continue to put one foot in front of the other and learn to praise God in the hallway.

This revelation reminded me of this verse:

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

I don’t know what my future holds, the doors that will be opened, the opportunities that will arise. I’m in between. Last night, as I was also browsing inspirational quotes on Pinterest, I came across this saying from Corrie Ten Boom (she’s the author of the book, The Hiding Place. It’s about her life hiding both physical and in spiritual place):

Image: Pinterest

Image: Pinterest

 

So simple yet so powerful. When I think of Corrie ten Boom and her life-threatening situation, my situation pales in comparison. Corrie didn’t know if she would live to see the next day, let alone her future. But she continued to trust that the Lord had a plan. Her strong faith and unwavering trust inspire me.

Likewise, in my in-between, “when I can’t trace the Lord’s hand, I’ll trust His heart.”

 

Your sweetest Melody, ❤

Footprints

I carried you. - God

I carried you. – God

 

Yesterday, I got stuck in the traffic for almost 3 hours so while on the bus, listening to a random list of songs on my phone, I imagined myself walking down the road together with the Lord. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints: one belonging to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints and I noticed that many times along the path of my life there was only one set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life. This really bothered me and I questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, You said that once I decided to follow you, You’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.” The Lord replied, “My daughter, My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried You.”

Realization:

First, I have learned that during the time of sufferings, God is near even when He seems so far away. Like Jesus, God did not abandon Him on the cross. He is with us step-by-step and many times He is carrying us through our difficult times.

Second, I have learned that during the time of sufferings, we must remain faithful to God even if we fell isolated from Him.  Although on the cross, Jesus felt isolation and abandonment from God, He didn’t give up on His faith.  Instead, Jesus trusted in God and remained faithful to Him.

Do what Jesus did! 🙂

God bless you.

 

Your sweetest Melody, ❤