I spent my high school years in a nondenominational church where I often heard the saying, “God may be last-minute, but He’s never late.” This week, God was reminding me not to rush a particular decision and along the way I saw a sign in front of a church that read something like, “God is never in a hurry. He’s always right on time.” I guess the message of those two phrases is intended to be similar, but they say something slightly different to my heart. There’s something very calming to me about the latter one. And that’s just what I needed to be reminded of. To slow down and trust that God is going to do what He says. He’s going to take care of me and I don’t have to hurry and try to take care of myself – as if He won’t come through.
In this weekend’s message, Pastor Mark said a phrase I’ve heard him use before; “We tend to overestimate what we can do in two years and underestimate what we can do in ten.” He said this in light of vision and the timeline we tend to put on God for the ideas and plans He’s put in our hearts. I want to have a vision and plan that is in line with God’s timing and expectations. One that doesn’t get discouraged when things don’t happen as quickly as I’d like, but also has the staying power to believe the big things are possible.
I’ve been so encouraged and excited over the past week about what God is doing, both in me and at NCC. And I want to continue in this renewed excitement and anticipation. And I think it’s so great to remember what God told Habakkuk,
“Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:3b