“Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” – Jeremiah 33.3 (NLT)
Two recent life experiences have taught me a powerful spiritual truth. The first one happened with a necklace I wanted to buy for a friend. And the second with a movie I needed to watch with my husband.
My friend’s birthday was coming up and she had just spent several hours editing one of my books, so I really wanted to bless her with a special gift. When she was younger and doing missions around the world, God spoke to her in a far-off country with shooting stars. She asked to experience Him in a tangible way, and that night He lit the sky with dozens of shooting stars. So I felt like I needed to give her a shooting star necklace.
When the desire came to me to buy her a necklace, I instantly wanted to start looking for it, but I felt the Holy Spirit tell me to wait for His timing. I put the necklace on the back-burner of my mind, and almost two months later, God said it was time to look. I found the necklace in less than a minute and it was perfect and on sale. That was the necklace God had chosen for my friend.
Another day, I felt like my husband and I needed to watch a movie on the following Tuesday. I kept looking through the movies playing at each theater in town, but nothing looked interesting. I was going to buy tickets for a movie that I really didn’t want to watch, but God told me just to wait. A few days later, I heard on the Christian radio that a Christian movie event was happening that coming Tuesday—the same day I had in mind. I promptly got our movie tickets to the almost sold out show. That was the movie God had chosen for us to watch.
God will give us a desire for something, but we must wait on His timing. Many times, we will try in our strength to accomplish this desire, but we will only attain counterfeits. God has something perfect intended for the desire He has place in us, but it is up to us to trust His timing and not fill the void with our own versions of His best. We can miss out on a major blessing because of our own meddling.
God will allow us to go through small examples like the necklace and the movie until we learn to rely solely on Him. Only then can we be trusted with the bigger desires that He has specifically chosen for us. When God plants a desire in your spirit, wait for Him to show you when to act and resist the urge to force an imitation by your own effort. You can rest in God, knowing that He has the path to your desires with the doors already wide open. We simply need to wait on His timing and respond to His movements.
“Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
while I am here in the land of the living.
Wait patiently for the Lord.
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
Psalm 27.13-14 (NLT)