Why has that perfect partner not walked into our lives yet? My CV has gone out, but where is the job opportunity? I’ve asked God for (insert request here), but my blessing still hasn’t come! Sound familiar?
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot. (Ecc 3:1-2 NIV)
In Ecclesiastes, we read that there is a time and a season. So what does that actually mean?
We know that God works in seasons, but a season can be defined as a specific period, marked by specific conditions.
Time, however, is something different altogether. The Hebrew word is “ayt” which means an instant, a moment when something specific occurs.
Let me give you an example: we are in the season of spring, and there are specific conditions which we recognise to mark this season, yet not all plants are sprouting – only certain ones. Why is this? Well, certain plants sprout and grow in early spring, while others only show new life much later on in the same season, because they have different “moments” to which they respond.
We are in a new season in the spirit. A season where God is calling the faithful to examine our lives and to spend more time in prayer so that we can drink of the new wine that is being poured out. Is that going to look the same for me as it does for you? No. Will it happen at the same time? No.
You see, we need to ensure that even though we are in the correct season, we are alert for our “time”. God moves swiftly, and in power, and even though we may be in the right season, we need to be ready for God’s time to happen in our lives – when God wants to act and impact on our lives.
We need to wait patiently, with trust and faith, knowing that when God moves, it will be suddenly.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for God (Psalm 37:7 NKJV)
Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for God, for I shall yet praise the Lord, who is the help of my countenance, and my God. (Psalm 42:11 AMPC)
We are in an exciting season at the moment. I pray that whatever you are waiting on God for, that you will wait with patience and expectancy, knowing that God will come through at the right, perfect time – and that it will happen suddenly. Are you prepared for the “suddenly” in your life?