As humans, we try to plan accordingly for life changing events. We spend almost a year planning our weddings, and then try to plan out our children. I remember when Jeffrey and I were thinking about having a third child. It was in the middle of his trying to join the military. For months on end, he had been filling out paperwork to get in and I was itching to have a baby. We decided would be best to wait until we found out whether or not he was going to be accepted into the Army before we went forth with trying to get pregnant. We were afraid of how difficult it would be if he had to go off to training while I was pregnant or having to be home alone with a newborn and two bigger boys. Well, we learned quickly that the Army didn’t really get in a hurry. So we decided that whatever happened first would be the way it was meant to be. Well, after our Chicago trip in July 2009, we found out that I was pregnant. Then in September, Jeffrey was officially admitted into the Army, and thus began our journey.
We tried to reason out waiting to see what would happen because we were worried about, “Can we handle it?” When we turned it over to God, He showed us that our strength comes from him and that he would take care of us.
During the journey of being a single mom during the summer, we had planned that Jeffrey would be gone for the first part of his training. He would leave in June and come back home mid July. However, the opportunity came up for him to be able to stay and complete the CHBOLC course. We had a decision to make because that meant he would then be gone until September. Well, the decision was made for us by one of his superiors.
We saw the difficulties that would lie ahead of us throughout this situation and had our worries. God however saw the bigger picture. His plan was better than ours. He had people here to support me and my children. He had people in Columbia to support Jeffrey. I learned a bit of independence. Jeffrey completed his course ahead of time and came home to a job promotion.
God’s timing is perfect. We can’t see the whole picture, but God can. Although it is difficult to wait, we have to trust him. We should be secure in the fact that God will provide, even though it may not always be the way we wish. His plan is perfect.
The trust that Mary and Joseph had in God to provide for them is amazing. They were alone, away from home, having a baby in humble conditions. Joseph was the earthly father, nurse, doctor, and pediatrician. Mary had no Lamaze, no pain medication, no hospital bed.
But God’s timing was perfect. This was the way it was supposed to happen. There are no ifs, ands, or buts when it comes to fulfilling his purpose.
I thank God for his perfect timing. Although we have good intentions with our plans, we know that His plans are perfect. I pray that we are accepting of his timing and that he will give us the patience and strength to endure. Our hope is in him. Hard as we try, we will never fully understand his ways, so the best thing we can do is trust and obey.