S: There were fourteen generations from Abraham to David, another fourteen from David to Babylonian exile, and yet another fourteen from the Babylonian exile to Christ. Matthew 1:17 (MSG)
O: I’m not great at math, but 14 generations x 3 seems like a very long time to wait for the fulfilment of Your promise. So many of those generations never saw what You did through Jesus – and yet so many of them still believed that You would make a way – even when it seemed impossible – even when they never saw it on this side of heaven.
A: Sometimes I get frustrated when I can’t see what You are doing – especially when I don’t see immediate results. I want an instant fix. A quick resolution.
But not You. You want what is best. Best for me, Your daughter, and best for the world. Somehow, You are able to see each of us individually – down to our smallest worry or concern – and all of us collectively – up to the largest cataclysmic episode – and You know exactly when to intervene – when to take the stage.
And Your timing is perfect.
Perfect – (adj.) having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.
I want to remember that Your timing is perfect even when it doesn’t feel or look that way from where I’m standing. In fact, maybe it’s my “standing” that is causing my greatest dilemma. Perhaps it’s in those moments – those moments when I’m frustrated, broken and crying – that I ought to sit more and stand less, changing my posture to one of submission rather than opinion.
When I’ve positioned my heart towards Yours, I find my peace again. I find new perspective and renewed hope.
P: Lord, help me to see things through lenses of eternity. Help me to keep things in the right perspective. Help me to remember You are still in control – and You are never early and never late – for Your timing is perfect always. I love You, Jesus. It’s in Your name I pray. Amen.
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