I loved dressing our little baby girl in this onesie that reads “Daddy says no dating until I’m 25!” It always made me smile, thinking about how God has entrusted these two beautiful girls to our care.
We often look for teachable moments with our 2-year-old, delighting in her eagerness to learn and ability to grasp non-tangible concepts. Many times, the Lord is looking to use moments with our children to teach us something.
This is one of those moments. Seeing this photo of Lily reminded me of how unreasonable a father can seem when he is looking out for his children. And I realized that I feel that way about God, my loving Father. Sometimes He seems so unreasonable!
Even in confessing that thought,two verses come to mind. “My thoughts are not your thoughts.” “The wisdom of God is as foolishness to man.”
As I tell people about tribal people still without the Gospel and how PJ and I are hoping to begin reaching one of those tribes in Colombia soon, I find myself using phrases like, “God’s timing is perfect.” But its starting to sound more like a period to a sentence to me instead of a Biblical principle for me to rest my trust.
Then all sorts of examples from God’s Word come to mind.
God waited 100 years for Noah to build an ark with the technology of the day before He destroyed the earth by flood. He waited 40 years before He called Moses into servic, and another 40 before His people were ready to enter the Promised Land.
He waited 14 years before putting David, His anointed king, on the throne. Even Jesus waited till He was 30 before beginning his public ministry.
In some cases, it seemed like man was waiting on God to move. Others, its as if God was waiting on man.
Now I am not a theologian so this is about as deep as I’m gonna go here.
This is where we are in our ministry. I think its unreasonable that we are not yet on the field when so much is yet to be done for the sake of the Gospel. But, without fully understanding it, I know that God chooses to either wait for us, or make us wait for Him. In both cases, it always turns out for the best.