Rejoicing With Our Friends: A Testimony of God's Perfect Timing
Yesterday, I had the coolest cab ride with a friend.
We thanked God and laughed with joy, enjoying being in a moment where he was doing exceedingly and abundantly more than my friend had ever imagined.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Maybe six months or so ago, I’d had the opportunity to pray with this friend. She was nearing the end of her PhD and going on interviews, praying God would open the right doors. Then three weeks ago, we’d prayed together again. Various interviews were still happening but nothing was confirmed yet. And her scholarship was about to end within days… When we prayed, she started by thanking God passionately, profusely about all he had done over the past few years of her studies. Then we asked God for his provision - with faith and (at least for me) slight desperation. God would have to move - there was no obvious logical solution.
We all know, have probably all experienced, that God is never late right? He’s always on time. And when he opens a door, he swings it wide open.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; (Romans 12:15)
Three days after this last prayer session, a job offer came through. One that would allow her to grow and gain experience in an area God had long placed on her heart. But then the visa! With COVID, there was some worry about delays and such. But then on the cab ride home yesterday, we listened to a message from HR who explained how five different ministries (and apparently the president - wow!) had approved her visa and that even an airline had been told she was coming - so she shouldn’t have any issues.
And it dawned on us that in a way a whole nation was preparing to receive her.
For me, it was such a powerful reminder to wait for God’s perfect timing. When he opens a door, it’ll be OPEN! We won’t have to push. We won’t have to pester. When he tells us it’s time, we can just go. Let’s remember to go hand in hand with God.