Many of us struggle to wait on God’s timing. We struggle not to run ahead of God and not to take over the controls when God doesn’t seem to be working fast enough for our liking.
Recently I was really struggling in this area and praying that God would help me trust His timing. That very day He gently reminded me that when He works, He may not be early, but neither is He a second late. He is always right on time.
I was on a one-day driving marathon from Silver Spring Maryland, back to my parents’ place in northwest Arkansas to attend my brother’s wedding. I was covering more than 1,100 miles (1,800 kilometers) in one day. It was a long drive to make alone, and I stopped twice in the morning to take a 20-minute nap. Both times, I wanted to nap longer, but I pushed on.
Sometime in the afternoon, between Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, I stopped briefly at a gas station. A waiting line greeted me when I entered the restroom. Just then a woman stepped out of a stall right in front of me. She looked at me, and I looked at her. Recognition spread across our faces. We knew each other.
“Are you Melody Mason?” she asked incredulously.
I remembered her name as well. We hugged and began to talk excitedly as people pushed around us. It was a reunion of two old friends. Penny and I had been part of a young adult discipleship retreat in Colorado nine years earlier. We had not seen each other since, although we were friends on Facebook.
The amazing thing is that Penny and her family don’t live anywhere near that gas station. They were actually traveling more than 1,000 miles themselves from Texas to eastern Tennessee for a family vacation. So while I had been driving west, she had been driving east on the same highway. We both happened to stop at the same gas station and visit the same restroom at the exact same time. If there had been even a 10-second delay, we would have never known the other was there.
As it happened, Penny wanted my book “Daring to Ask for More” to read on the family vacation but hadn’t been able to order it in time. I had a few extra copies in my car and happily gave one to her. Penny said this was a divine providence. At the same time, I felt blessed because I had been praying that day about trusting God’s timing in my life.
That day, both of us grew in faith. We could not have planned the timing of our meeting more perfectly if we had tried. God is rarely early, but neither is He a second late! He is always right on time!
Melody Mason, is author of Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer, and helps coordinate United in Prayer for the World church in Silver Spring, MD.
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