By Diane Ball
In His time, in His time,
He makes all things beautiful in His time.
Lord, please show me every day,
As You’re teaching me Your way,
That You do just what You say, in Your time.
In Your time, in Your time,
You make all things beautiful in Your time.
Lord, my life to You I bring.
May each song I have to sing
Be to You a lovely thing, in Your time.
“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will grant you the desires of your heart” ~Psalms 37:4
This morning I woke up in such overwhelming thankfulness and in awe of God’s provision and hand in our lives. Reflecting on our lives with Enid, and the past few weeks, we are constantly reminded of God’s providence. Indeed our hearts testify that He has brought us this far by His grace; He has led us by fire and by cloud, Our God will surely bring us to Zion to look on His face.
In these past months, God has sheltered us under His wings and we can testify that He planned every path that we’ve trod to bring us to Zion, His praises to sing, O blessed, O blessed be God. Yes,through many dangers, toils, and snares we have already come; ’ but it is grace hath brought us safe thus far, and grace will lead us home.
In his time, He makes all things beautiful. And He has colored our world with beauty of blessings long-awaited. Along the journey, He has taught us love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. He has taught us that we cannot take God’s promises and edit them to suit ourselves. Yes, he will grant us the desires of our hearts, but there is a condition – Only is own time and we must delight ourselves in him.
All things beautiful is our theme and we are learning to find beauty and hope in everyday life. God knew why He brought Enid my way. I thank my Lord for this lady in my life every day and may the Lord’s name continually be praised for His wisdom and providence that caused our paths to cross at the time they did. Hence forth our lives are intertwined forever. Like the Shunammite woman, Enid has not allowed the circumstances to change what we know is true. My heart has fainted a number of times, but my hope has been anchored on the Lord through her encouragement. There have been moments when praying is hard in the face of calamities. One thing through it all has been the words of the Shunammite – “All is well”. This is because we understand that God will make a way, where there seems to be no way. John 16:33 is an appropriate scripture for the moment. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Therefore, dear friends, when faced with challenges, may you find comfort in trusting God and acknowledging the reality of the situation you are experiencing. One exaltation – do not surrender to the context, rather trust in God’s power to master the context. Do not allow this temporal experiential reality to change your testimony. Hold on to the truths of God’s words in your hands. That He who begun a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it in you.
Through it all, He has taught us that to delight ourselves in Him is to surrender our will for his perfect purpose and let our heart’s desires conform to his will. We are still learning, but we have come a good way and are happy to share our lessons along the way.