It was a busy day. Since it was five o'clock in the afternoon, everyone seemed to be rushing around. I witnessed some people impatiently moving to another cashier because of the long queue when I was in line at the grocery store. At the same time, several people were patiently waiting their turn, and I was one of them.
Though my legs were tired from the long wait, I didn't mind because I was only three customers away from the cashier when God made me realize something:
Have you ever felt left behind? God's answer would be,
"Delay is not a denial."
While others cease waiting and find another way to propel their turn, choose to stay because great things take time.
If the person next to you is already in the harvesting season, you might be the next. If God answered your neighbor's prayer, God is just in the neighborhood, and you may be the next.
Every time I browse my social media accounts, I can see that my colleagues are all satisfied with their milestones in life. Some of them were taking steps towards their professional growth. Many of them finished their master's degrees. Some were already married and had businesses, and some were already traveling abroad.
I was never envious of them, but I began to wonder where I was already.
I am pleased to see my colleagues succeed in life, yet I have often felt left behind.
Waiting can be worth it when you never cease praying. It can never be dull and wasted when we do the right thing: pray. It is a way to ripen our prayer for great reaping. Never force things to happen and start relying on God's timing.
God has something in store for you.
The Lord said in Isaiah chapter 60, verse 22, "When the time is right, I the LORD will make it happen."
Abraham waited for years for a promise to be fulfilled, even Moses. Joseph waited patiently in prison for a purpose. Job remained through deep suffering, and David waited to be a king at the appointed time. The lame man, paralytic man, and the bleeding woman waited for healing.
The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving towards all He has made. (Psalm chapter 145, verse 13).
We all have our moments of success, and we have different timelines.
Remember that when you choose to seek Christ first intentionally, your labor will never be in vain. Serving God will always be the highest calling because you serve the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
My Pastor once said, "They were so far that the Lord could no longer chase them. Be thankful that you are close to the Lord. You are still more flourishing than they are."
You are not late. You are just on time.
Take heart; you are not alone in waiting; God knows when to give it. God knows when you are ready to acquire what you prayed for, and He equips you for that.
At this point in my life, God made me realize to be even more thankful for the things I have now. And that's when I saw more of God's goodness in my life and started being grateful daily.
Rejoice always,pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians Chapter 5, verses 6)
No need to hustle. Appreciate your waiting season in all areas of your life. It will not be that easy, but it will all be worth it if you desire to do what God wants you to and not what you want for yourself.
Trust Him with all your heart, mind, and soul, and you will experience the fullness of God's plan.
God's promises are just on time, and you must wait.
Do not fear. He loves you, and He cares for you. Later, you'll realize why God lets you wait and thank Him because you have waited.
Ma. Krizel Miguel Limun works as a Grade School Teacher. She is also a Sunday school teacher and is involved in a local church's market evangelism and worship ministry. She is the admin of the Goodness of God Ph Facebook page. She is always creatively inspired by the unfathomable love of God and is hungry for a deeper walk with Jesus.