8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
How sensitive are we to God’s timing? This question has been on my mind of late. I am not talking about the daily discipline where we pray and then we wait as we are reminded often to wait upon the Lord and not to fret. My reflection has been on the awesomeness of witnessing the revelation of God’s timing for the shift of seasons in one’s life.
Every time as I glance back, I am never short of amazement at God’s divine arrangements in paving the various paths and easing me into different purposeful seasons of my life. I made some adjustments and started a new phase of my life early this year. As time passes, it is apparent that things never happened at my own design. God determined the course, He led me to the right path and I followed His pace.
unforced rhythm of rest
“Sleep is of no help if it is your soul that is tired” depicted what I was experiencing by the end of 2021. I paid heed to the SOS call of my physical and emotional health for a much-needed rest after ploughing through the relentless storms of life and simultaneous job-related stresses. For the first time in my working life, I was not afraid of being jobless and was more than ready to take a break for as long as I needed. When the dust settled, I realised it was the best decision I have ever made. I moved into another season of rest. I slowed down and allowed myself the undisturbed and unhurried physical and mental rest for 2 months.
dusted off walking shoes and suitcase
When I was renewed and strengthened to come out of my cocoon, a round of “dusting” was on the agenda. I dusted off my walking shoes as I was ready to go for long walks and hikes with my walking buddies. When travelling was permitted after 2 years of pandemic, I dusted off my suitcase and went for a few domestic trips. My body was reenergised and my soul nourished.
on an uncharted course
After I rested and travelled, I came face to face with what is transparent now the ultimate purpose of this season that God has in His masterplan. I moved back to my parents’ to help look after my aging and ailing mum. Without the hindrances of long-hour and stress-laden work, and with my mind and body refreshed, I am now able to devote all my time and attention to care for mum.
God to be praised for mum accepted Christ as her Lord and Saviour days after I moved back. I shared with her of God’s immeasurable love for her not only with His grace of salvation and hope of eternal life but the fine details of things He cared to plan for her. God, at a time He saw fit enabled me to leave my job, rest enough and even go on trips before He paved the way for me to spend time with mum and to provide care for her.
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
When we sensitise our heart, we find ourselves immersed in God’s love and saturated with His presence. When we open our eyes wide, we see God so real, and so close. He plans, He directs, He reveals.