Before Thanksgiving, my father-in-law fell in his home and broke his femur. This is not the first time it has happened, as his Parkinson’s is progressing and losing his balance is a regular occurrence.
Things got more complicated from there–we almost lost him a couple of weeks ago–and my time simply hasn’t been my own.
It’s tough when you have a passion for something and desire to dedicate time to it, but you’re pulled away. Has that ever happened to you?
It’s in those times that it is important to remember God has a plan and He will reveal it in His timing, not ours. Easier said than done when it comes to impatient folks such as myself. Sometimes that difficulty leads to questions. Why is God allowing this to happen to me? Why is this distraction happening now? Why can’t I just have a bit of time to do what I want to do? The mind swiftly forgets who is in control and that everything happens for a reason. “I want what I want and I want it now,” it says.
The only way for me to calm my mind during those moments is to turn to the Word and turn my focus on God, not my troubles. Here are a few of my favorites verses from the New King James Version on waiting for God’s timing. I hope you also find them helpful.
To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven…
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.