God’s Timeline vs. My Timeline

Written by Andy Pisciotti | November 23, 2010 | Psalms 127 - 129

The Bible is all about who God was, is, and will always be.  Even though I know this to the core, I often find myself stuck with the question, “How does this relate?” 

Today I read, “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:2)  And then read, “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.  Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!” (Psalm 127:4 - 5)  Out of lack of wisdom, I was frustrated - maybe even a little discouraged.  God has blessed me with rest, but I am exhausted and awake.  God has blessed me with the gift of children, but I am not a father.

This is my first time reading through the Bible so I struggle with things until I can find application.  Sometimes (ok, frequently), I find my lack of wisdom frustrating.  It is incredibly easy to read a passage like this and think that God has forgotten me or that God has not blessed me.  It’s very easy because I live in the here and now. 

In general, I think we have no concept of the things God has already done.  God HAS blessed me with rest, just not yet.  He has kept me from anxious toil so that I can do His work.  And regardless of the hours now, I know that God has my back.  God HAS blessed me with children, just not yet.  Just think about Abraham.  God blessed him with an entire nation of descendants, and Abraham has no concept of the totality of God’s blessing when he first heard it.  Well, the plan was on God’s timing, not Abraham’s.

Acknowledge, accept, and be grateful for God’s blessing.  God has a plan for all of us.  My goal is to become His instrument and wait for His timing.