It’s spring and my husband and I (well, mostly my husband) have made a small backyard garden.
We plant in spring so we will have a garden full of vegetables in the summer and fall. Then winter will come and everything will die and we will replant again next spring. Happens every year. A lot of people plant gardens in the spring, and we accept God’s timing in that. Spring is for planting. No one tries to plant a garden in the winter.
But somehow, it’s harder to accept God’s timing in our life.
I didn’t meet my husband until I was 37. There was a time that I would lament that I met him so late in life. I would tell him that I wished we had met earlier, like in our 20s. He, in his blunt way, would deny this idea and say, “No, you don’t. I was a jerk.” Over time I have begun to realize that God’s timing was perfect. God has been working on my husband far longer than even he realizes. I simply couldn’t meet him until he was ready for me. If I had met him too soon, he would have been a “jerk” and it wouldn’t have worked. I met my husband when God intended me to and, in return, I have a full, bountiful life. Just like my garden will be in the summer.
So many of us don’t accept God’s timing. We plant our gardens of life in the winter. Then the frost comes, and we don’t understand why everything is so devastated. If we had only waited for God’s timing, we would have a bountiful harvest, and instead we have reaped despair and heartbreak.
Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31
If I had insisted on rushing the Lord (trust me, I tried) and not waiting on His timing I would have married a “jerk” or even more tragically, married someone God didn’t intend for me to have. I cannot imagine what my life would be like, because having a child with autism is stressful enough.
I abide in the Lord and He has poured His bounty into my life. My cup runs over. How amazing that He has been so faithful even when I have not.