It happens to me every time I go to the grocery store (or any store for that matter).
I pick what looks like the shortest check-out line but it always ends up being the longest. No exception yesterday. I scan the registers, spot a line with one person in it who has just a few items, and make a mad dash to get there. But it didn’t take too long to discover that I had found the world’s slowest clerk.
Now I don’t mean to be critical—I’m sure she did a better job than I could have done—but this lady was in slow motion for every item she scanned. Then came the decision—which bag should she put each thing in? She starts to put the tortilla chips in one, then pulls it out and goes for another before finally opting for a third. This was repeated for each item in my very full cart. I stood there watching in awe—I just couldn’t believe this process was taking so long.
Obviously patience is not one of my virtues. Like many, I want to get things over as quickly as possible—especially painful things like grocery shopping. I want things done fast!
Today I noticed this verse in Isaiah 60:22 “I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly.”
The last part of that verse really resonated with me, “I will do this swiftly.” I like that! I like for God to move and move quickly. But then I had to stop and re-read the first part.
“In its time.”
That is the part I don’t like…but it is a reminder that God’s timing is perfect. He is not slow to respond. In fact, just the opposite is true. When it is the right time God moves quickly and in an amazing way—but it has to be His time. We wait on the Lord, not because He isn’t moving or can’t figure out what to do next, but because He is moving people and circumstances to get things ready for that right time.
I always remember the words a veteran ministry leader told me when I was starting into vocational ministry. “Frank, there are people making decisions today that will affect your life five years from now.” Meaning that God is moving today in a way that will benefit you tomorrow—you just have to wait for it all to come together.
That’s a good lesson for all of us and one that I am still trying to learn.
Frank Banfill is an international speaker and leadership developer who seeks to help individuals and ministries realize their full potential in Christ. Please forward this to your family & friends. To get Frank’s devotionals delivered free to your inbox, or to request reprint rights, visit www.FranksBibleBlog.com.