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The Waiting Room
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In May of 2002, I was slated to move from my one bedroom apartment on the campus of Andrews University where I was doing graduate studies. In anticipation of a temporary relocation to Dallas, my smaller items were already packed neatly in the storage shed. However, I had neither the strength, nor the vehicle to move the larger items of furniture and the like.

The day I was expected to vacate, I cradled the phone to my ear for hours attempting to find someone to assist. But no one was available. As the day dragged on I wondered why God wasn’t helping me.

Finally around 6 p.m., two 19-year-old boys with a truck and trailer pulled into the parking lot of Garland Apartments. To my delight, all my earthly belongings were moved and securely housed in the storage shed within a couple of hours.

Waits Until the Last Minute

Recounting this story the next day to a friend, he wisely commented, “God always comes through. The problem is He usually waits until the last minute!” This humorous statement accentuates the reality that God’s timing is not our timing. Put another way, “The fulfillment of God’s promises is always sure, yet it is often slow.” – Matthew Henry

Why is this? Is God a chronic procrastinator who waits until the last minute to get His act together like some of us? Or, does the Almighty delay answers to our prayers for some other reason(s)?

Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years from the time God promised them a child until their boy, Isaac was finally delivered. During that long quarter century, their faith was tried and their patience exercised. When their precious baby finally did arrive, by then it was obvious to everyone that he was a miracle because Sarah had long before gone through the menopause!

Perhaps you’ve been waiting weeks, months, even years for God to answer a prayer. Rest assured, the Creator has heard your appeal and has marked your devotion. The answer will come—and at just the right time! Until then, keep praying, persevere and trust the Lord that God’s timing is always perfect.

"I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry" (Psalms 40:1).

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