Last week, I wrote a post titled, Are You Sure God? (This Really Isn't My What I Had in Mind). I wanted to get all of my feelings and thoughts about trusting God's plan out on paper or should I say "blog land". Many times my blog is basically my personal journal. It helps me to sort through my thoughts when I take the time to sit down and write. This is the continuation of that post. Trusting God's plan is also trusting His timing.
Naturally as humans, we want to know the plan, amount of time, and exact steps it will take to accomplish something. We basically want God to be like our own person Garmin, GPS, or OnStar system. We expect him to give us a step by step plan and instruction book on how each season of our life will pan out. Isn't this so typical? For the most part, humans are most comfortable when they feel they are in the driver's seat. We become frustrated, panicked, and much like a three year old having a temper tantrum when we don't understand the directions. Worse, we really throw a fit when we don't get our way or when something is not going according to OUR plan. When we behave this way (yes, I am guilty) we are pretty much telling God, "Move over, I can handle this on my own".
Not only do we have to trust in God's plan, we also have to trust in His timing of how that plan will happen. That my friends, can be so hard; like hair pulling, stomping your feet, crying, temper tantrum throwing hard. It takes complete trust and deep faith to relax and allow God to work his mighty plans.
If we try to rush God's timing we will miss so many unexpected blessings. I love unexpected blessings, they are usually the sweetest. Have you ever had your entire day interrupted and thrown off tract? I am sure you have, if you are a mom this is almost a normal daily occurrence. Instead of getting flustered, try to breathe and just "go with it". When you finally do relax, you may be surprised to realize God had your best interest in mind the whole time. You will probably even be able to reflect on your day and find many small and special unexpected blessings.
What is really crazy is that I am a total control freak, type A person and I am actually writing a post about letting go and trusting God's timing. My husband would probably agree that asking me to slow down and breathe is a miracle in itself. My mother is probably cracking up that I actually suggest people should relax and "just go with it" since that is the exact opposite of my personality. My goal in writing this post is to continue working on myself. Reminding myself to trust God's plan and His timing is a daily occurrence. But, every time I do I am rewarded and blessed in more ways than I could have imagined.
This is a small example of trusting His timing. We had just arrived in Seattle, Washington on our family vacation. After the plan ride, crazy shuttle driver, getting lost trying to find our rental car, and shear exhaustion we finally made it to our hotel. It was something like 1:30am in the morning. Yet, just letting go and relaxing I got to live the excitement of being on vacation through my children. They didn't realize or care about the stress we had been through that day. They were just excited beyond words to be with one another on vacation. It was such a sweet moment and a small blessing that would have otherwise been over looked.