Maybe this Time by Valerie Cheers Brown

“God does not make mistakes,” Joann would constantly say to herself.

When Joann prayed and asked God to put a good man in her life, He did just that she had thought.

But, it was not an instant process and Joann had to wait. and God does not do things in our time.

Joann said, “God does not do things in our time,  he does things in His time.”

Joann never thought the day would come when the man she thought God had chosen would truly happen and they would be both together for forever.

She had never waited for so long for something she thought she wanted forever in her life.

But God does not work like this at all.

You see Joann had all of these dreams and hopes but one thing she forgot was that God does everything in His time and not ours!

You see, God is a very jealous God and He does not want us to put anything nor anybody before Him.

In the meantime, Joann continued staying close to God’s love and continued working as his shepherd sharing what He was giving unto her.

She prayed and repented her sins for wanting this man so badly.

“Thank God is a forgiving God and thank God that He never leaves nor forsakes us,” Joann thought.

Most of all God loves us unconditionally, Joann remembered!

It seemed that even as you settle on a choice to take after the dream or fantasy which God places in your heart, you can expect a postponement.

“God won’t satisfy your dream quickly in light of the fact that this is another progression toward building your confidence,” Joann thought.

Joann thought and wondered why God would give you something or put the desire into your heart and then didn’t seem to use her for that purpose.

In reality, Joann was not realizing that God was doing just that and He was using her for that purpose, but it was for His purpose and not hers.

Joann saw others all around her, which she was always happy for others reaching their accomplishments or dreams, but could not understand why her dreams were not being fulfilled.

Joann knew she had faith and trusted in Him but she needed to be more patient.

She felt if anybody in this world had patience, she knew she was one of them for sure, at least she thought.

What kept Joann going was reading and staying in God’s word and would often get hope from those in the scripture such as David, who had to wait 22 years for his promise to be fulfilled to be Israel’s King.

Joann often thought that she would also have to wait and be grateful for her life she had right now instead of wishing she was already at her destination.

She thought if it took Sarah, the wife of Abraham up to 25 years to have a child, she had not worry and hold tight and not distress about God’s timing!

Joann had to keep reassuring herself that God does not lie nor does He forget us.

She constantly prayed and thanked God for His word of the Bible and was the only thing which gave her peace which she knew was only from God Himself.

God is able to do so much more than we can imagine or could ever ask for so Joann trusted Him when life seemed unfair and put her faith in Him and only Him.

Joann remembered while waiting to:

A. Allow God into your plan – Proverbs 16:9 King James Bible A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

B. Think about the beauty of waiting on God and what He is doing. – Psalm 40:1-3  I waited patiently for the Lord he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the slimy pit,  out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock  and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.

Is this truly the planning for the God-planted dream to show? In Habakkuk 2, God admonishes us to “compose the vision” and He says “however it tarries, sit tight for it, since it will doubtlessly come.”

If it is not the right timing, then by what method would you be able to be purposeful to sit tight in confidence for the dream to happen?

Thus, when we do our part, God will do His part, and in the ideal planning our dreams truly do work out!

Joann said, “Try not to surrender! Continuing doing “your part”, continue anticipating that God should do His part, and soon your “God-pocket” will open up! The hold up will be justified, despite all the trouble! Try not to surrender. Your breakthrough is around the bend!

Most importantly and in the end, Joann knew that God was only wanting to bring something wonderful in her life that others will put their trust in Him as a result of your testimony of waiting.

Joann knew that sometimes we have to make difficult decisions in life, even when they hurt.

 “You can’t force people to stay in your life. Staying is a choice, so be thankful for people who choose you.”
She also realized that sometimes ““At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life.”
So when all said and done, “Maybe this Time” in God’s time will be the right time to wait on Him.

But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth his son. (Galatians 4:4)








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