Let me tell you something. God’s timing is really perfect. Like for real.
I am truly amazed at how I will do something and realize my whole purpose for going in that direction was because a purposeful God was directing my path like he said he would!
Case in point. I woke up early this morning. As I lay there, I decided to check my email before the boys got up. I got an email notification from our library about an overdue book. Right then and there because I had a little extra time, I decided to go ahead and gather up all our library books to take them back even if we had 99 re-checks left (this new wonderful system of automatic checkout is so not good for us procrastinators!).
As I was searching for books, I went into my “teacher’s stash” of lesson plans, assignments, and curriculum books that I hope to eventually use with the boys. I noticed a book on teaching writing that I had forgotten I had, and picked it up thinking, “Hm, this may come in handy as I work on the boys’ writing skills this week.”
Well, I finished gathering up all the books and put them in neat little piles to have the boys bag up and take back to the library. I still had some time before I awakened the boys to begin our day, so I decided to skim through the writing book while I had my breakfast and continued my quiet time.
This book..this book that had been nestled in curriculum books in my office, which I happened upon, which I decided to skim through while eating my breakfast, a book on teaching writing God’s way for young children, spoke directly to me on several topics I had been in prayer about yesterday!! Here were some of the phrases: “I know you may be feeling…” (I was feeling that way.) “You may also be wondering…” (I was truly wondering those things)… “Remember, you are God’s fingertips, you are God’s mouthpiece, so don’t feel like…(I was feeling like it told me not to feel)…”I am in tears right now as I write this because God has you right here right now reading these words that he had me write for you”…(read this while I was in tears and in shock)…
That verbiage speaking directly to me, my needs, my feelings, my prayers, my angst, my doubts, my self-condemnation, went on for like three paragraphs where it was if God and I were having a private conversation. Needless to say, at that point I was bawling, like boo-hoo Viola Davis characters bawling!
Then I did something that I don’t even know why I did. I flipped forward to the copyright page and noticed the date was 1997…20 years prior. Ironically, as this book was on writing, this particular author decided to also address the homeschool moms reading it on God’s timing and his purpose in writing. She had written about perfect timing to moms and to A mom specifically in 1997, a year when I was single and carefree living in a new city I had just moved to and enjoying life. Her writing this book then
would speak to a me 20 years later, single again, but in a very different season of rearing children, homeschooling, and re-determining my path…and she had no idea.
But, God had me in mind. He had me in mind when he led her to write the book 20 years ago. He had me in mind when he led me to purchase the book in a thrift store I just happened upon. He had me in mind today when I woke up early and again happened upon that same book, which ministered to my spirit MIGHTILY!
So, just be encouraged as you go about your day today. Whether you are in a good place in your life right now, desperate and torn with having to make a decision or having to figure something out, or whether you are in tears because you just cannot figure out for the life of you what to make for dinner tonight…God is in the minutiae. And, he has made provisions for you since the beginning of time. Yes, even in the midst of your current turmoil, God has worked it out. You are that important to him.
He sees you. He hears you. He understands you. He feels your heart. He loves you–intimately, passionately, fiercely.