Wednesday, October 26, 2011

An appointed time for blessings

A few weeks ago we heard that some dear friends of ours sold their home after a very long wait. I believe their home was on the market for more than a year. They cleaned. They organized. They took down personal pictures. They staged their home just right. They prayed. They waited. They had showings and showings and more showings.

They got pregnant and had a baby. They waited some more and finally the offer they had been waiting for came in.

We are so happy for them and excited about what is in store for their future.

At the same time, if I am honest, my heart is envious that God answered their prayer.

While my head knows that God does not answer prayers in the order that they are received (unlike most places where we put in our orders), my heart begs of God, "Why did their prayer get answered, but not ours? Why do they have the blessing of moving forward with life, while we are still waiting? Isn't a job offer more important that an offer to buy a home? Why, why, why?"

In April of 2009 I wrote a post about blessings and the fact that I was feeling guilty about being pregnant when we had already received the miracle of Samuel in our lives. I felt doubly blessed and didn't want to 'take away' the blessing of someone else since I would have two babies while others were waiting for just one baby.

At that time, and since then, I have continually been reminded of how God blesses us...and how it doesn't have anything to do with anyone else and it certainly doesn't happen according to our human timelines.

There is an appointed time for each and every blessing.

And as I wrote in my post in 2009, my time is not your time and your time is not my time. My blessing is meant for me and your blessing is meant for you. God answering 'yes' to our friends is completely independent of Him saying 'yes' or 'no' to us.

Eclesiastes 3 says "There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven."

There is an appointed time for each and every blessing to be given and for each and every promise to come to fruition.

I KNOW that. I just need to remind myself of that.

Marriage. Health. Finances. Careers. Babies. Education.

Every blessing is independent of another.

Abraham and Sarah are a beautiful example of God's timing and His blessings. 

Genesis 15 says, "[God] took [Abraham] outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

In Genesis 17 God told Abraham he was the father of many nations and God would make him very fruitful. Abraham was 99 years old at the time!

Genesis 18 says, "Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

God's appointed time for Abraham and Sarah brought all glory and honor and praise to God. They were past child-bearing age. And yet God used their lives and their family to perform a miracle and through the birth of their son Isaac, God was glorified.

Had God blessed them with children when they were 22, their story probably would not have been remembered and studied for generations to come. 

God doesn't have to juggle blessings. He doesn't have to choose each day who He gets to bless and who has to wait until another time. His blessings are not dependent on time or finances or age. When we are faithful to pursue Him, seek Him, wait on Him and sit in His presence...He will bless us at His appointed time.


cybil said...

this is a beautiful article, Stacey!
The appointed time is so important!
Ans sometimes, it goes all faster than we thought...
Be blessed

Anonymous said...

I stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago. Thank you for your honesty. Your resource page has been wonderful and has helped me tremendously. I have been struggling with infertility for 2 years. I had a miscarriage back in January of 2010. Your blog gives me hope, and it always puts many of my "angry" thoughts into perspective.

"All in His Perfect Timing" said...

What a great post! Especially the part where each persons blessings are meant for them, they're not interchangeable ... and not answered in order of request. I'm guilty of thinking that all the time.
Thanks for the reminder of Abraham and Sarah - so I can keep my faith in God's timing.

Anonymous said...

I'm ready for you to give this as a sermon. So good my friend!

Stacey said...

Perfect post, and I just wanted you to know that it touched my heart tonight. Keeping you in my prayers.