Seeking God’s Timing by Bridget A. Thomas

One morning I had to attend a meeting across town, so I planned to go through a drive thru for some much needed caffeine. I also planned to pay for the bill of the car in line behind me, because it is fun to anonymously bless someone.

As I turned into the parking lot, a couple of other cars hurried to be the next one in line. They thought they were getting ahead, by getting in front of me. I shook my head because I knew that they really would have benefitted to be behind me, because I would have paid for their bill.

It made me think of the Bible verse, “So those who are last will be first and the first will be last.” (Matthew 20:16)

And then I realized it is the same way with God and people. He wants to bless us and He wants the best for us. Unfortunately we tend to run ahead because we are impatient. We want what we think is the best thing. And we want it now. But God can see that we have missed out on a blessing, by not waiting for Him to work things out.

I know I personally have a bad habit in this area. I jump and think later. I know I should prayerfully seek God, His plan, and His timing first. But too often, I don’t do it. I see something shiny and I grab it.

This fast paced world we live in plays a big role in why we are this way. We have everything at our fingertips. We don’t have to wait until the weekend to go to the bookstore to buy the book we want. Instead we can download it on our tablet right now. Need something from Amazon? You can have it delivered tomorrow. Drive down any road and you will see someone who is in too big of a hurry. In our small town, my husband and I often see vehicles pass on a double yellow line, and the car they are passing isn’t going slow. We have too much on our plates and we need everything on our to-do lists done yesterday. We have too much to do at our jobs, and not enough time to do it. We run from work to home with barely enough time to throw dinner on the table before we go to bed and do it all over again the next day.

But we don’t have to fall victim to this world and its ways. And we don’t have to settle for second best. The key is to trust God and His timing. It sounds simple, but it’s not always easy. But it all comes down to a choice. Either we believe that God has our best interest in mind or we don’t.

“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:14

My husband and I enjoy seeing, and taking pictures of, wildlife in the mountains – bears, deer, turkey, horses, and even coyotes at times. But one of my favorite pictures is of a bird, just sitting on a fence. I think I like it so much because he seems to have it all together. He is not worried or stressed. He is confident and at peace. (See picture below.)

We can be like that too. In fact, there is even a Bible verse about this. “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?” (Matthew 6:26)

From now let’s try to wait on God and His timing. Instead of running ahead towards something that we think we can’t live without, let’s wait and allow God to give us His very best.

Image by Bridget A. Thomas 🙂

(Originally posted on © 2019 Bridget A. Thomas.)

About Bridget A. Thomas

Bridget A. Thomas is the author of numerous books which hit the top of the charts and continue to help many people find true contentment in life. In her spare time, Bridget enjoys reading non-fiction, fiction, and classic literature. She also enjoys crocheting and watching baseball. Bridget and her husband live in Florida, but often travel to the Smoky Mountains in search of black bears and other wildlife. To learn more about Bridget, visit her at
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7 Responses to Seeking God’s Timing by Bridget A. Thomas

  1. Tabitha says:

    Thank you for this post. I feel like God used you to help clear up the confusion in my mind. I have been praying about something for a long time and it hasn’t happened and had even started to fast about it. I pray God if it’s your will please do this and if not,, remove the desire. Yesterday. I read the scripture Psalms 106:15 where it saslys God gave Isreal their desire, but sent leanness into their soul. I know the Bible talks about importunity and says God will give us the desire of a heart. However, I was thinking what if God only gives it to me, because he is tired of me asking and sends leanness into my soul. However, I realize yet again, it’s going to be in God’s timing. Thank you again for this post. May God richly bless you.

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    • Tabitha, I am honored to know that this post was helpful. Thank you for sharing that verse in the Psalms. There is definitely a lot of weight in those words. It can be a difficult balance to wait on the Lord, especially while we desperately long for something to come to fruition. But trusting in Him brings us peace, knowing He is working all things for good. I will be praying for you, friend! God bless! ♥️


  2. juliearduini says:

    Such a great post, and visual with the coffee line. I call when I am tempted to run ahead “Sarah, Plan B.” When she ran ahead of God’s plan, she created an Ishmael of a problem. That’s not how I want to be. But, it’s hard!

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  3. Judy says:

    I’m a notorious worrywart, but God is teaching me to trust Him.

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    • It is so hard to not worry. Our problems can appear so big at times. And we can’t see how things will turn out. But the Lord can see the beginning and the end. Learning to trust God brings us that peace that surpasses understanding. I am so thankful to know that He is trustworthy. And He loves us so much that He is always working things out in our favor. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts, Judy! ♥️

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