When you’re waiting for something, God’s perfect timing can often feel unhelpful because it doesn’t make it easier. So, what is God’s perfect timing, exactly? Paul, an early church leader, gives us a glimpse of it in Titus 1:1-3. Paul reminds us that God “does not lie.” Then he reminds readers that God’s promises have been set since “before the beginning of time.” In times of waiting, it’s important to remind ourselves that the Lord’s plans for us have been set since “before the beginning of time.” God is not surprised at how long things are taking. And it’s not a mistake that things aren’t happening as quickly as we’d like. God’s plans are perfect, because He is perfect (Psalm 18:30).

Too often, we think we know what’s best, and if the Lord would just hurry up and do what we want, this would all be easier. But what if in our effort to rush through the meantime, we’re missing out on something greater than the thing we’re waiting for? The greater our need for God’s intervention, the more passionately we tend to seek Him. God promises to be our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. He tells us not to fear because He upholds us with His righteous right hand (Psalm 46:1, Isaiah 41:10). Waiting has its rewards. As we persevere through seasons of waiting, our faith becomes mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:2-4).

So am I spending time listening to God and for God? Am I spending time with Him in His Word? What is the Lord teaching me during this phase of my life? What can I do to position myself to be ready for God to move?