by: Carole L. Haines
I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart.
And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me,
And how I may reply when I am reproved.
2 Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision
And inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run.
3 “For the vision is yet for the appointed time;
It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it;
For it will certainly come, it will not delay. (Habakkuk 2:1-3)
There’s no rushing God. His Time is His time. It is generally never ours. In life, time seems to tarry, perhaps in death it may come too soon. But either way, it never seems to be in our schedule, by our watch, that God unfolds His plans. I am reminded of what God speaks to us through Isaiah in chapter 55, verse 8: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
Waiting is hard work, it’s just plain hard work. It’s not passive for most people. It takes concentrated effort not to move ahead too quickly. Sometimes we procrastinate, but for me, it’s usually going forward too fast that is my downfall. Keeping in step with God’s Rhythm is one of the Christian journey’s greatest challenges. How do you stay in step with a God who is unbound by time constraints, schedules, deadlines or the tyranny of the urgent?
I wrote a piece once called, “I never saw Jesus rushing.” That’s so true, He never does. He’s never hurried or running behind schedule. He’s right on time, exactly where He needs to be when He needs to be there. His secret seems to lie in His intimate connection with His Father, that one to one deep relationship with Him. Jesus is always going off to a lonely quiet place to pray and sit before the Lord. Are we? Do we jump off the crazy Carousel of life and spend time alone with our God? Do we unplug from this world, our phones, our TV’s, our computers and just sit with Him in His Word? We need to. God has been giving me some specific things to do to make this happen more in my life. Why not ask Him how to make it happen more in yours? Every person is unique and God’s way of meeting with you will be unique as well. Turn everything off and just listen for The Rhythm of His Heart in your life. His love for you is beyond comprehension and His care for You beyond mere human words. Listen in silence for a while, this day. Just listen for Him in the silence.