I used to be of the school of thought that “a happy life just happens”…..you know…..we have dreams and goals, we work hard and BAM!!!! SUCCESS IS SURE. When things did not follow this process, I became wary of this thought. “How is it that I work so hard to achieve a goal and pray fervently towards it but still no success?” I asked myself.
And then I realized the answer – PREPAREDNESS.
You know how it is said that “Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it would elude you but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit gently on your shoulders”?, Well, Life is kind of like that. It is indeed beautiful for those who are prepared. You value challenges that you encounter because you no longer see them as negative but a beautiful means to an awesome end.
For the most part of my adult life, I have been super impatient for so many things I have needed and wanted so much so that I thought God was really just taking His time and couldn’t care less about how urgently I needed my intentions granted.
While I had my life planned out in a certain way and was expecting it to pan out exactly how I had pictured it, I didn’t know God was preparing me for better things. Sure, my intentions didn’t turn out the way I wanted. It turned out wayyyyyyyyyyyy better than I ever anticipated and the best part is, when they happened, I was ready for them.
It so happened that at the time I wanted those desires, I wasn’t ready or prepared to receive them. “It’s always about timing. If it’s too soon, no one understands. If it’s too late, everyone’s forgotten.” ― Anna Wintour
We often hear these words “God’s time is the best”. Sometimes, we often say, them even though we don’t believe it. We ask God for favours and blessings which is good but the slip-up on our part is wanting the favours granted straight away so much so that we even put God on a ticking clock, tapping our feet impatiently like we are in a grocery store trying to make payment for our purchase and the cashier is wasting time or is apparently too slow.
Though we have said those words “God’s time is the best”, we really do not want to wait for God’s time. We want it on our own time. We want our prayers answered immediately and when these answers aren’t forthcoming, we begin to lose faith and conclude God doesn’t love us.
Instead of waiting on Him, we would rather go get it elsewhere hence getting into the wrongs hands and digging a deep hole of trouble for ourselves. We make the wrong deals with the devil forgetting that while he gives you a shoe, he takes your leg.
We forget God’s words in Habbakuk 2:3 “Since this is a vision for an appointed time, it will not fail but will be fulfilled in due time. If it delays, wait for it, for it will come and will not be deferred“. It’s not that God doesn’t love us or really doesn’t want to give us what our hearts ache for. The truth is timing is everything.
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