It was like she was speaking right to me. We were sitting in a church at a Daybreak conference for women, listening to Angela Thomas say, “It’s just not your turn yet.”
My friend turned and gave me a knowing look. She knew I desperately needed to hear those words because I had been spending my time obsessing over this one thing I’ve wanted for years. The one thing I’ve been asking God for every day, and He still wasn’t giving me.
I found myself growing bitter and angry, unable to trust God’s plan for my life. I was starting to feel like He was punishing me. Why did it seem like everyone else got their prayers answered but me? I slowly realized as Angela spoke that truth from the stage that I had believed a lie. God wasn’t out to get me. He wasn’t trying to withhold something from me to be mean!
That goes against everything in His character. It just wasn’t my turn yet. And God has blessings for me daily that I will miss if I spend all my time thinking about the one thing I don’t have rather than thanking God for the many things He’s given me.
“ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’ ”
– Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
“Lord, I choose to believe the truth about You. Give me patience to trust in Your perfect timing. I put my dreams and desires in Your hands. Right now I want to surrender…”