I admit it. I get upset when I must wait. I am bothered when folks are late for a meeting and we must wait for them. I get upset when a doctor's office asks me to arrive at least 15 minutes before my appointment and then I must wait an additional 30 minutes to actually be seen. I don't like waiting in lines when I am driving. In fact, I have been known to go many miles out of my way just to avoid waiting in a slow line. I don't like to wait for the bill in a restaurant. So you see, I have a problem with waiting. When I was a youngster in CEF camp I can recall being taught that God answers our prayers in three ways ... yes, no, or ...wait. The yes is wonderful. The no can be disappointing, but He is always right. But the wait ... well it can be difficult, unless we put our entire faith in the Lord. He will always answer ... in His time, not necessarily our time. There is something in particular that I have been praying for now for a few years and the answer still appears to be ... wait. But along the way I have seen evidences that the Lord has not forgotten my prayer and He will answer, in His time. Many Bible characters have waited for God's answer. Abraham waited a quarter of a century before God allowed he and Sarah to conceive, keeping His promise. Genesis 21:1-2, "The Lord kept His word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. She became pregnant and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would." It was Diane Ball, a camp director of a conference center in California and a mother of four children, who penned the words of this song. It is said that she was on her way to speak at a meeting and was running late. While driving many miles she heard not only the melody but also the words to this week's choice. And while it is very short, it is a great reminder of our need to trust God and His timing. For us waiting can often seem like an eternity. But we grow deeper in our relationship with the Lord as we learn to wait with anticipation rather than worry. We know that God keeps His promises so we shouldn't get concerned when He requires us to wait. So if today you are waiting for an answer, as I am, be assured that He hasn't forgotten you and that He makes all things beautiful ... in His time.
1. In His time, In His time,
He makes all things beautiful in His time.
Lord please show me every day
As You're teaching me Your way
That You do just what You say
In Your time.
2. In Your time, in Your time,
You make all things beautiful in Your time.
Lord my life to You I bring
May each song I have to sing
Be to you a lovely thing
In Your time.
You can listen to it here. LISTEN
Here is another rendition, a longer but beautiful one. LISTEN2