Yesterday, I received news that a prayer I’ve had since a teenager has been answered with a “yes.” Seriously. Now. YES!
I’m excited, humbled, surprised, grateful, hopeful, and overwhelmed. And. I will admit there was a moment of terror when I realized I’ve crossed over the line from waiting to happening. I have lived with the waiting season for a long time, waiting has become . . . well . . . comfortable.
The answered prayer took me to the mountain top. I know life is not always a mountaintop experience; I have been to the valley and know what that trip is all about. But. Today. I’ve gone to the mountain and I’m staying as long as possible! The timing is now and I am going to celebrate.
Timing is crucial in everything. To trust God with right timing is not easy when it does not come as soon as it’s prayed; this is especially true when the answer does not come for a long time. Timing reveals the power of God’s love. Turns out, timing is everything.
The timing of Christ’s coming to earth is one of my favorite parts of the story in Luke 2. People had waited, century after century, for the Messiah. The waiting was over when God saw that the world was ready for the Messiah to come:
- A decree was issued to all the Roman world to take a census . . .
- Joseph was required to go to Bethlehem the town of David . . .
- Joseph belonged to the house and line of David . . .
- Mary, expecting a baby, went with Joseph . . .
- The time came for the baby to be born . . .
- There was no guest room available . . .
- Shepherds were watching their flocks that night . . .
- An angel announced the messiah was born . . .
- The angel told the Shepherds the details . . .
- The angel said the baby was wrapped in cloths in a manager . . .
- A group of angels joined the angel and praised God . . .
- The Shepherds hurried off and found Mary, Joseph, and the baby . . .
- The Shepherds told other people . . .
- The people were amazed . . .
- On the eighth day, the time came to circumcise the baby . . .
- The baby was named Jesus, the name the angel told Mary . . .
- When it was time for purification rites required by the Law of Moses . . .
- Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem to be presented to the Lord . . .
- Simeon lived in Jerusalem . . .
- The Holy Spirit revealed Simeon would live to see the Messiah . . .
- Simeon went into the temple courts at the same time . . .
- Simeon held Jesus, praised God, blessed the family, and prophesized . . .
- Anna, an 84 year-old widow, was there . . .
- Anna never left the temple . . .
- Anna worshiped night and day, fasting and praying . . .
- Anna came to them in the same moment . . .
- Anna gave thanks to God. . .
God’s timing is always right, even though waiting can seem so wrong. I’ve learned all over again that God’s timing reveals God’s BIG LOVE.
When I began praying years ago, I never imagined that I would wait. I thought it would happen as I was praying. Please. I knew it was the right timing. But. Apparently, I had to live a lot of life to wait for the world to be ready for God’s YES. God has granted me a gift beyond imagination to answer yes . . . right now . . . in this season of life. I’m grateful, so very grateful for the attention to the detail of timing.
Today . . . light the candle symbolizing hope and light the candle symbolizing love . . . tell the story of God’s timing.
The story of my prayer actually began in this little church with THE RED DOOR. More later on this story and the timing of it all . . .