He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds, a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy (Ecclesiastes 3:11 AMP).
We sometimes lose patience in our journey when we are actively trying to figure out our place in this world. We sometimes confuse our decisions with worrying if we are taking the right path towards finding self-fulfillment. What we see as the unknown, is actually a plan God already has written out for us. Our job is to walk in faith, and simply live through His plan. We guide ourselves through this life as He continuously gives us signs or places certain things in our path at the right moment to show us the right way to move forward.
Some days these are obvious to us, and other days, we hear silence. Or so we think we do. We become impatient and fear He has forgotten about us. We all want good things to happen to our lives, but if we had our way, we'd like them to all happen now. When things aren't so quick to happen, we are tempted to ask Him when. If it's not happening now, then when? Most of us need to grow in the area of trusting God instead of focusing on asking when. We need to grow in reliance that we do things for Him. We are living here, creating, working, for Him.
Trust in him and have patience that your life will unfold before you the way He intended it. However, you must be mindful of the difference of being patient and lazy. Work hard to accomplish your goals, put in the effort, but nothing you do should be strenuous or feel as if you are being unfulfilled. God has placed eternity in the hearts of mankind. Everything we experience not only serves a purpose here on earth, but it serves a purpose for eternity. You do your part, by listening and trusting that He is currently working in you and putting inside of you everything you need to fulfill your eternal destiny. He is preparing you to rule and reign with Him. As long as you are moving forward and gaining strength, you are gaining a gracious life.
View what’s going on in your life with an eternal perspective. Know that you have a higher calling; you have a greater purpose. Focus on what God is doing in your life. Trust in him and have patience when He asks you to wait. Don’t allow little irritations to get you off course or distract you from what God has called you to do. Remember, He never really tells us no. He only ever says to us, 'Yes, not right now, or wait I have something better.'
Photograph by Signe Vilstrup