My kids and I have a very different perspective when it comes to the word “almost,” especially when it comes to things like independent work, chores, getting out of the shower, or getting ready for the day in the morning or for bed at night. My idea of “almost” is literally a couple of minutes. Their idea, on the other hand, is anything from five minutes to two hours, depending on the task. Such a perspective issue has been the source of conflict between us many times over the years, and I’m sure it will continue to be.
It’s no less of a source of conflict between God and His children. It does not take a deep scan through Scripture to reveal just how frequently God’s acts seem to come along much more slowly than His people would prefer. More modern testimonies reveal the same truth.
God’s “almost” and “soon” are just are not the same as ours. In fact, like my children, God’s idea of “almost” and “soon” tends to stretch out a lot longer than we’re comfortable with.
Unlike my children, however, God’s timing is perfect. He is never slow. He is never late. He just has a different perspective.
As a parent, I am training my children to speed up a bit in certain areas so as to be on my timetable. It’s not selfishness, I promise! It’s just what we need for our family and household to run smoothly. In the same way, God is working to put us on His timetable. But, instead of speeding us up, He typically slows us down. He knows that’s what we need for our lives to run smoothly and in a way that glorifies Himself.
What timetable are you working on? Yours or your Father’s? Try taking a deep breath and discovering just what His timetable looks like. It’s perfect, and it will never let you down.