God’s timing is perfect! I want to share with you an example in my own life, and I hope that it serves to reassure you that in all things within your own unique and wonderful life, God's timing IS perfect!!
I encourage you my dear family and friends to dream your dreams, plan your plans, step forward with God, and then... trust in His perfect timing. Sometimes we may feel that we hit road blocks, circumstances outside of our control, and we question why?, then we proceed to continue forward, only to hit another road block.. and another.. until finally we must pause and hand it all over to God, acknowledging that He alone holds the controls in our lives, then we trust Him alone as His timing is perfect.
For God's ways are higher that ours and His timing heavenly, God doesn't have earthly time constraints, He doesn't orchestrate by the timing of a watch, nor by a day, month, nor even years.
Now back to my story, it's about songs of worship that I wrote, songs that when I used as a worship leader over the years I felt incredibly blessed for a time to watch as many lives were profoundly touched and changed for good. It was a privilege to be able to lead large gatherings into the throne room of God’s presence with these songs, because who I am first and foremost is a worshipper. I am a worshipper in all I do yes, and also through song, so I write many songs as I sit at my piano for I live to praise God here on earth and throughout all eternity.
After a State Women's Conference at which I lead all of the worship sessions blessed with my own amazing worship band and singers, the ladies attending were asked by the MC to leave their names and addresses during the next break if they would like a copy of Mandie's songs. This hadn't been planned by me because there was only one slight problem, the songs I had been using of mine at this conference existed only in my own head!, they weren't yet in any printed format, nor had they been recorded.
A couple of days after the two day conference where God moved so powerfully and beautifully as only He can, I was handed some sheets of paper, and jokingly told that I had caused the offical "Conference Shop" to be blocked by the big queue of women who were lined up to write down their details for my songs.
To my absolute shock, I counted 88 names and addresses on those sheets of paper, each one requesting all of the songs I had used of mine, I needed to get to work quick! And so began a Songbook.. whew, after a few months of hard work my songbook was finally complete and faithfully posted to all those who requested the songs. But that wasn't enough, requests immediately came back to me, the songs were wanted in a recorded format, they wanted to listen to them, to hear and learn them.
Many months of hard work followed, now I had a CD to produce and I had 88 people waiting for them. God so sovereignly seemed to bring together the team, His team. These songs had been given to my heart from God, and it was incredibly important to me that God's worshippers were to be the team who would record them, anointing in my mind will always reign supreme above perfection. I am a worshiper, and to be in God's presence is my desire. It may be easy to produce a perfect sound, but if it is not produced by those who's hearts love God, then I don't want it. His presence cannot be compromised by the voices or instrumentalists who may seem on the outside to be the very best, I needed heaven's best, heaven's choice for heaven's songs.
Finally all finished.. then suddenly, circumstances in my life at the time and far outside of my control necessitated me to place my planned and exciting official CD release on the shelf. Yes I managed to send copies to those who had requested them, but I had dreamed and planned for so much more. Suddenly, this CD’s official release had to be placed on hold.
I had worked extremely hard producing it for God, and with a sad heart, I simply entrusted it back to Him. God had been so divine in every single thing, every rehearsal, every recording session, it didn't make logical sense to me at the time, but quietly I laid it down, placed it back in God's safe hands. Perhaps it was only for Him I quietly thought, and if so, then that’s okay, as long as He is glorified.
Well, how could I ever have known that one day God would begin to nudge me, and nudge me some more, then others would prompt me, "Mandie you need to get these songs out". I had long ago laid them down, so completely so that I almost couldn't hear the prompting until it was loud and clear, that perhaps God wanted me to release these songs after all this time, that NOW was the time, HIS perfect time.. I began to listen and I began to act.
There is a new cover, a new pressing, I cannot tell you just how strong the battle had seemed to be to ever get these songs released, yes the battle was strong, but God is far bigger, and NOW is the time for it's release, not only in Australia, but now also to the nations.
Yes God’s timing is absolutely perfect, I truly believe that for my own CD now, and I also believe it for you.
I pray you will be encouraged, those dreams and plans within your lives that have seemingly been halted, stopped, shelved.. trust it all my dear friends with God Himself, He is surely in control, He is weaving together an exquisite tapestry called “your life” and He knows precisely what He is doing.
God hasn’t forgotten those dreams and plans so very dear to your heart, no never, and when the timing is right, His timing, I pray that you will be amazed, incredibly encouraged and blessed as they spring to life once more.
I am reminded the story of the grain of wheat falling to the ground, sometimes in life God will require a dream or desire very dear to your heart to be given to Him, you will think it is gone, but like that grain of wheat, it must die first that then it may “suddenly” spring up and produce much life.
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.
If God can release a CD with songs I had written some time after I had thought it was to be released, and after I had laid it down, entrusted it with Him finally thinking it was for Him only, then I am reassured and I hope you are too that in ALL things His timing is spot on. Now that is exciting!
Note: My songs are available from today via Wings of Healing website to download in digital format only - the hard copy CD will be ready for posting in October.
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