A lesson in waiting: God exists outside of time

It’s funny how God can speak to you when you least expect it. I won’t lie, yesterday was a bit of a rough day for me. Nothing bad happened. I was just having a bad day which dragged on until I went to bed. I was deep in my feelings thinking about how much I’ve been praying, doing the right thing, being faithful to God (most of the time) and just trusting Him for things I haven’t seen yet.

Waiting for God to fulfil a promise

I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s waiting for God to fulfil a certain promise. I won’t go into detail about what I’ve been waiting for (several years have gone by), maybe at another time I will be able to open up properly.

What I’ve been believing God for sometimes feels like it will never happen for me. Yesterday I just found myself in a place where I couldn’t understand why God is making me wait for so long for something that seems easily attainable for other people, and yet I must wait for so long. It just didn’t make sense to me and I was having a hard time dealing with that.

“How much longer should I wait, God?” “Why is it taking so long for me?” “Will it even happen?” These are just some of the questions I asked Him, with tears running down my face. I even took things further by asking Him to take away the desire for some of the things I’ve been praying and waiting for if He’s not going to bring them pass. That’s how bad I was feeling, that’s how much I was hurting in my little corner, wondering why some things are just not happening (in my time).

God listens and answers

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about God throughout the years, it’s that He listens and He answers. His answers might not necessarily be what we had hoped for, oh, but He does give us enough for where we are. Basically, He works on a need-to-know basis.

So, off to bed I went and I started listening to A Course in Miracles (audiobook) on YouTube and I found the answer to my questions; God exists outside of time. That’s it! That’s all I need to know at this point in my life.

While I might sometimes feel like I’m running out of time and it looks like some prayers will not be answered, I rest in the fact that I can never run out of time because God exists outside of time. You have no idea how these simple words have changed my perspective on things.

God is not governed by time

God is not governed by time; He makes things happen in His own time. He is never too early or too late. We simply need to trust Him and wait, no matter how tough it gets. I’m writing this piece right in the middle of my waiting. I don’t know how much longer I can wait, but I know that He who has promised is faithful. He has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

So, the next time I find myself worrying about unanswered prayers, and looking at my age (and counting what I should have by now), I hope I that I will rest in the fact that God exists and operates outside of time.

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