When I began graduate school in August 2010, I knew for a fact that I would be graduating before the close of 2012. As I progressed through each class, earning one “A” after the next, I was even more certain that I was going to finish in December 2012 with honors. As I listened to all the favorable comments about my future from my professors, I was sure that I would be in my cap and gown before Christmas 2012.
“However, no one knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.” (Matthew 24:36 NLT)
A few weeks ago I decided to stop by my academic advisor’s office to make sure everything was on track for my commencement at the end of the year. She began by praising me for my 4.0 GPA, but when I switched the conversation to graduation her excitement abruptly left the building. She nearly broke my heart when she told me that I would not complete my program until March of 2013!
As the day progressed, I continued talking to God about my feelings of defeat and anger. My mind was at war with the thought that I had done all of this work only to miss what I considered to be my deadline. I continued to gripe and complain until God decided to put me in my place. He clearly stated that the reason my expected graduation was delayed was due to a lack of readiness. “Be dressed for service and well prepared…” (Luke 12:35 NLT) I would need those extra months to get totally prepared for my future career. God told me to stop focusing on the date, but rather focus on making sure that I am prepared for where He is getting ready to take me. A shift in the natural realm will only be possible if I am willing to trust what He is doing in the spiritual! “…No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1Corinthians 2:9 NLT)
Thank You for putting me in my place! So often I get caught up in SELF that I forget that everything I go through is so You can get the glory. Help me to remember that my time has NOTHING to do with Yours. I must always remember that You know what’s best for me regardless of the circumstances. I will no longer place emphasis on deadlines, but I will instead give You TOTAL control to change my calendar of events as You see fit. Have Your way Daddy! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to stop allowing that calendar of life to weigh you down! Remember that if God promised it, He will deliver when you are spiritually, physically, and emotionally ready to handle it. While you are busy counting days, God is already aware of the moment that He will allow you to receive the very thing you have asked Him for…so WAIT for it! Be Blessed! 🙂
What event have you decided to erase from YOUR life calendar? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management. She resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She serves tirelessly with the Evangelism Team there. Latasha also works at Mt. Zion as a member of the Administrative Support Staff. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.” Isaiah 54:17