Life certainly involves learning new things, but more often involves being reminded of things we already knew. One that I am constantly needed to be reminded of is that God’s timing is not our timing.
God is easily capable of working in an instant, but I think this is the exception rather than the rule. I believe God uses time to accomplish certain things not because He is limited but because we are needing to be stretched in our faith and perseverance. This is certainly less dramatic, but no less miraculous!
I recently read a story that wonderfully illustrates this very point.
There once was a king who didn’t believe in miracles. One day, while he was seated in a garden, one of his closest counselors began speaking of the wonderful works of God. He went on and on about how God was constantly at work—in the little things and the big.
Initially the king listened politely. Finally, however, he had had enough. “Show me a sign,” said the king, “and I will believe.”
The sage thought for a moment. He then pulled something out of his pocket.
“Here are four acorns,” said the counselor. “Please, your Majesty, plant them in the ground. When you are finished, stoop down for a moment and look into this clear pool of water?”
The king did so.
“Now,” said the sage, “look up.” The king looked up and saw four enormous oak trees where he had planted the acorns.
“Wonderful!” the king exclaimed, “this is indeed a miracle—the work of God.”
“How long were you looking into the water?” asked the sage.
“Only a second,” said the king.”
“Eighty years have passed as a second,” said the counselor.
Skeptically, the king looked at his garments; they were threadbare. He then looked at his reflection in the water; he had become an old man. His skin was wrinkled and his beard was white.
“There is no miracle here, then,” he said angrily.
“Yes,” said the sage, “but it is God’s work nonetheless, whether he did it in one second or in eighty years.”
What is it you’re needing to trust God with in regard to timing?