Some things I had planned for 2020 never happened. And some things I did not plan happened. Some good, some not so good, and some just downright devastating (COVID-19). And yet I am going into 2021 with high expectations and big plans. It is human nature for us to attempt to control our circumstances. We plan to make things happen and we plan to prevent things from happening. Sometimes we ask God for things, and even though we believe He will answer our prayers, we try and help with the plans and the timing in which He will grant them. Guess what? God does not need our help. Our heavenly Father has His ear to our hearts desires and request, and He puts His plan into action, His plan at His timing. There is an old saying, “when we plan, God laughs.” I don’t know about that but scripture says there is an appointed time for everything. We humans have the tendency to want what we want when we want it. And sometimes what we want is not good for us at that particular time or maybe we are not ready. God knows the desires of our heart and if we seek Him first, He will give them to us at the appointed time. When is the appointed time? God’s timing often feels like a long, desperate delay. But God’s timing is perfect. Why? Because He is all knowing, and we are not. God’s perfect timing does two things; It grows our faith while we are forced to wait and trust in God, and it makes certain that He, and He alone, gets the glory and praise. Because Christ is supreme above all and we are complete in Him, we have all we need. God knows the desires of our hearts and He delights in giving them to us, even more than we can imagine. God loves us and wants to bless us abundantly; all He wants from us is to trustingly keep our feet on the path He sets for us to walk. Life will bring sorrow and pain, trials, and tribulations. But God will also bring seasons of victory and triumph, healing, and laughter. God will bring restoration in His own way and in His own time. And speaking from my experience, He will give you more than you ask for. That is why despite 2020’s challenges, I can step into 2021 expecting God to do great things in my life. I pray as you prepare for 2021, you too will be encouraged my brothers and sisters. Trust our Father God to provide all your needs and desires. Trust His timing. 2020’s adversity is God’s opportunity to usher us into a season of peace, prosperity, and blessings! Happy New Year!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (Jeremiah 29:11-12)
“Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all.” (Psalm 139:4)
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14)