Perfect Timing

7 Jan

It’s no new revelation that God’s timing is perfect though sometimes it means waiting, but sometimes I forget.

After waiting for about two hours for a surgery originally scheduled for 7:15 and then waiting another two while the surgery was taking place,  the doctor just came out to give us the results of surgery.

If there’s any lesson I’ve been taught over and over again for the last 4 1/2 years, it’s the lesson of waiting on the Lord. Waiting when He’s seems silent. Waiting when it doesn’t make sense. Waiting when it seems like the waiting should be over. Waiting.

Again this morning, He reminds me again that the waiting is worth it. We wait because His timing is not our timing because unlike ours His is truly perfect.

As the surgery began later than expected this morning, I admit that I began to grumble and complain. Not wanting it to happen at all while wanting to get it over with at the same time, I was frustrated with the delay.

But I found out that the delay was a part of the great work God was about to perform! He’s continually teaching me the same lesson!

The doctors report was as follows: “The moment we opened him up, the old pacemaker completely stopped. The battery died as we began the procedure. We quickly worked to insert the new one, and we’re preparing him to moved to recovery now.”

Not a moment too soon or a second too late.

If the surgery had been tomorrow, the results could’ve been much different, but we serve a merciful and faithful Creator that works in the details to show His glory!

He is the Great Physician, indeed! 🙂

I am reminded of a similar account in Scripture. As Mary and Martha sent for their friend, Jesus, to help their dear brother Lazarus in his sickness, this was His reply:

” This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.” John 11:4

The Lord tarried for two days while the sisters and their ailing brother waited. Waited for Jesus to arrive. Waited for the sickness to subside.

Verse 5 tells us that “Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.” He loved them yet He made them wait. To our human minds that doesn’t seem to make sense, but when He’s allowing the waiting for our good it’s the most loving thing He could ever do.

Finally He arrived in Judea, seemingly 4 days too late. Lazarus had succombed to the sickness that his sister’s sought healing for, and they were left in mourning.

 “Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” John 11:21 

She was hurting, and it was evident.

“Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” John 11:32 

Also hurting, Mary was questioning the waiting.

They didn’t realize that the waiting was almost over.

“And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?” John 11:37 

Onlookers questioned why the Resurrection and the Life didn’t keep Lazarus from death in the first place, but again God likes to show up in situations after we’ve waited so that we will appreciate what He’s done in a greater way!

Approaching the tomb, “Jesus said, Take ye away the stone.”

A still-questioning Martha, “saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.”

 “Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” Another desired end from a season of waiting is that we might believe more fully in our Savior, believe wholly in His ability to do a perfect work in imperfect people and situations. He was trying to teach his dear friends this important truth.

Standing by the graveside, He was ready to conclude His lesson, “And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.” John 11:39-43 

Death had to die as these words were spoken from the lips of the Resurrection.

“And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.” John 11:44 

The waiting was over, Mary and Martha realized that though painful and seemingly pointless, His timing never ceases to be perfect.

Through the waiting, some of the others came to believe on Him. (vs. 45) (Wouldn’t the salvation of a soul be worth the waiting?)

Through the waiting, the Son of Man was glorfied as He has been and will continue to be in our lives even when it seems like it will never end.

I am delighting today in His pefect timing!

“As for God His way is perfect.” Psalm 30:18

“The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: ..”

Psalm 138:8 

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