Friday, January 28, 2011

Friendly Friday: Julie Gillies

It's my second Friendly Friday! Yay!

What is Friendly Friday, you may ask? Why, it's a day for my blogger pals to take over for me! Because I'm lazy. But you knew that.

I'm not sure how many of the people who read this blog are bloggers themselves. If you're interested in doing a guest post for me, just send me an e-mail at thelazychristian@yahoo.com with a link to your blog so I can see what you're all about. And, you know, make sure you're not insane.

Today's post comes from Julie Gillies. She's a real blogger, not a newbie like me. Her recent post entitled Prayer Goals spurred me to ask her for a guest post, and I'm so glad she agreed! She's got great thoughts, and she backs them up with great scripture knowledge. (Although she seems like the humble sort and probably wouldn't agree to either of those things.) Read this wonderful post and then go read up on her blog


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That’s How I Roll
By © Julie Gillies, 2011 – www.JulieGillies.com



Confession: I struggle with God’s timing. After praying eleven years for my husband’s salvation, fifteen years for my back-slidden army-dude son’s salvation, and waiting for a grand total of 4.9 million years (give or take) for a publisher’s response on my nonfiction book proposal, you’d think I’d have this waiting/God’s timing thing figured out.

But I don’t.

Mary didn’t either. She said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Somehow, that brings me comfort. I guess I like knowing I’m not the only one suffering—not the only one who just doesn’t understand.

See, Jesus knew that Mary’s brother was on-the-verge-of-death ill. He had received word from the sisters, yet he chose to stay put.  That’s right. Jesus didn’t budge. And Lazarus died. (See John 11:32)

How many times have I worked myself into an emotional tizzy because God didn’t make His triumphant, obvious move when I longed for him to? If yearning, tear-stained requests always influenced God’s timing, let me tell you, the world would be a far different place. But then God wouldn’t be God.

The two sisters spent four days mourning their brother’s death, and then Jesus finally showed up. And though they were happy to see Jesus, they couldn’t comprehend the magnitude of what He was about to do.

But Jesus knew.

I don’t know what you’re waiting for God to do, but if you’re anything like me, you probably wish He’d just hurry up and get to it. We want the stone-rolling moment! And there’s nothing wrong with wanting Him to move, expecting Him to move in our situations.

But I have learned one thing on this crazy journey toward holiness: I can trust God.

I can trust Him when it’s taking far too long for my prayers to be answered, when the dreams He put in my heart are unfathomably, painfully slow in unfolding, and when I’m flat-out frustrated wondering why He hasn’t intervened in my situation.

No, I don’t understand God’s timing. But I am learning to understand God’s character (I’ve had plenty of time to learn, after all.) And what I’m learning is:

  • Jesus intimately knows every detail of our situations. (See Matthew 10:30)
  • He’s in the situations with us, and He understands how it’s affecting our hearts. (See Mark 2:8
  • His timing, while perhaps tardy in our sight, is preparing the way for plans far bigger than all we could ever think or imagine. (See Ephesians 3:20)

I may struggle with God’s timing, but I’d like to officially announce that I’m going to trust God, period. Because, like the rock that covered Lazarus’ tomb, that’s how I roll. 

4 comments:

  1. I'm going through a few things right now and this post brought me to tears. In a good way. ;) Thank you for the reminder that God is sovereign and He knows what we NEED. His timing is perfect!

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  2. God's timing IS perfect! In fact, I had a far inferior post lined up thinking I didn't have a guest blogger for today. Julie swooped in at the last minute, and it was clearly what someone needed to hear! I'm glad it was you. :) You're the best, Catie!

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  3. Julie,
    You spoke to my heart with this post. I have been waiting on GOd for over three years now to give us jobs. I know it is all in His timing but waiting is hard some days.

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  4. Thanks Julie and Rachel! This was a fabulous post and much needed. I had my most recent "fit" over the publishing process a few weeks ago. God is definitely teaching me to wait on His timing and to depend on the experts..not me. Learning to roll with it too.

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