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Psalm 25:4-5

Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths;

guide me in your truth and teach me,

for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long (NIV)

Drench yourself in words unspoken, Live your life with arms wide open,

Today is where your book begins, The rest is still unwritten. ("Unwritten" by Natasha Beddingfield)

It matters not how long we live, but how!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Timing is Everything (Hidden Treasure #1)

I simply love reading Scripture, especially in my devotional Bible. I love how quoted sections of author's books are interspersed throughout my Bible with related verses of the Word. It always brings something to my attention that I never "saw" before, even though I've read that particular passage several times. But more importantly, I love how the Holy Spirit brings to mind another part of Scripture that ties in well as other authors whose books I've read, from my collection of book quotes (although my collection is but dust on the bookcase of friends like Clif or Jan ... admittedly, because I mostly go to the library!)

Now...this little gem of hidden treasure came out of nowhere, as is often the case ;o} ! You know those are the ones the Lord really wants you to know, yet another one of those "God things" that happens when you turn to part of the Bible you weren't intending to read, but you were drawn to it! (I love those times the best!)

Habakkuk 2:3 ~ The the Lord replied...For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.

which reminded me of ...

Ecclesiastes 3:11 ~ He has made everthying beautiful in its time.

which took me to...

Psalm 5:3 ~ the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation (see that?...expecting your answer to come...not hoping, but expecting!)

and then progressed into ...

Psalm 37:7 ~ Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him... (v. 28) For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones.

Judith Couchman writes in Lord, Have You Forgotten Me? Thirty Devotions to Encouarge You When Life Lets You Down, "There's a mystique about timing. When it's right, it's fabulous. When it's wrong, it's a disaster. It takes listening to the inner self to make it work. We know he's capable of doing anything, but we get impatient waiting for God. We forget that he waits for the right timing too. In fact, he knows perfect timing, even though it looks illogical to us. His ways are not our ways, and neither are his timetables our timetables. But when we wait for his timing, nothing can compare with its abiding impact on us."

And Ruth Graham says in In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart, " not expect instant results. Simply expect God's results, for his results are always good."

Then I was reminded of a post by someone I follow that said, "Trusting God means we don't have to have all the answers." And what hit me right upside the head (ya know...Gibbs to Tony, NCIS thing)'s just that simple, just that black & white, no gray area...we either trust Him, or we don't! If we're going to believe one thing in Scripture, then we have to believe it all, or none of it is worth believing.

I believe Karen Kingsbury said (I forgot to write down the author & book when I wrote down this quote, but I believe I'm remembering correctly), "God doesn't forget any of us. We can't possibly know the good the Lord has in store for us, for His love and grace know no end if we will just trust - trust until it hurts and the Lord has an opportunity to work in our lives."

In His loving grace ~ Merana


  1. We will always find Him, when we search for Him with all our hearts.

  2. This post really spoke to my heart today. It is just soo true. I especially like this...Trusting God means we don't have to have all the answers." Soo simple, yet profound. It seems as if I am always saying this to my kids..."you either trust Him, or you don't'....I need to listen to my own advice sometimes, sigh, haha...Thanks for all the encouraging comments on my blog. I finally had a little time to visit yours, and I am soo glad I did. I am following yours now, and I will be back to visit soon... = ) HUGS, Debbie

  3. Merana,
    Great words - absolutely so "right on!" I loved this quote from Ruth Graham: not expect instant results. Simply expect God's results, for his results are always good."

    Oh man, those words are for me...TODAY. I am not a patient "waiter" I'm afraid...and though I trust God, I always seem to think I know a better way, or a better time. You have reminded me that the "right" time is "HIS" time - and waiting has something to teach me, too.

    GOD BLESS, Merana - thanks for stopping by earlier today!

  4. I have learned through painful experience to be a better waiter. Better... yes. Good? no. Always cheerful? notsomucheither.

    This is a wonderful post. I love the Bible journey that you took us on, and I'm another one who loves to do that. We call them rabbit trails around here.

    Thank you for such a ministering post this morning.

  5. Love all those scriptures you posted and how they all tied together!

  6. I was so looking forward to coming back to your post this evening ... a hurried scan when my mind was half-out the door doesn't do justice.
    Anyway, I'm SO glad to sit and reflect! Like Dianne just said, I love how these different scriptures just stream, one to another. Great post!


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