The Psalmist writes,

“My times are in Your hand…”
(Psalm 31:15, NASB
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photo by Christopher Mar

“When we nest our minds in the care of God our trust levels normalize and our heart rate stabilizes. Stress neutralizes and hope energizes.” This is how I see God’s timing in my life.

How do you see God’s timing in your life?

17 thoughts on “The Psalmist writes,

  1. I know God’s timing is perfect and I sometimes wonder if God’s timing has passed me by or if I’m still holding on waiting for God’s timing. Sometimes the mind goes crazy and nail biting is certain to occur.

    I hear the above verse and hang on to it, resting in God’s time knowing surely I am not behind or ahead, that I’m in his time. The following prayer was offered up by
    F. B. Meyer in Beth Moore’s book, The Patriarchs, “Thou haste brought me here, and Thou must now bear the whole weight of providing for me and mine: here I will stay till I clearly know what Thou wilt have me to do.”

  2. From Beth Moore – Patriarchs Study –

    “Bad guys lose. Good guys win. But not until we’ve bitten our fingernails to the quick, wondering if the villain will prevail and the hero will fail. Our souls are fitted for excitement and intrigue, and though we sometimes scream and shut our eyes, we will one day get off the roller coaster and shout. “What a ride!”

    “The late Mike Yaconlli puts his own spin on it. ‘The God of the Bible is the master of surprises: frightening clouds of smoke and fire, earthquake, windstorms and firestorms, donkeys that talk, pillars of salt, oceans splitting apart, using a little boy to kill a giant, the Messiah in swaddling cloths and dying on a cross. No one can follow God and be comfortable for long.'”

    “Admit it. Too much comfort too long bores a God-fashioned soul.”

    (In other words don’t become complacent in waiting on the Lord. Oh Lord work with us so we are alert or the enemy will overpower us.)

  3. First of all, what a magnificently detailed bird carving! (taking lessons from the MASTER Bird Maker)
    Timing is everything as we all have learned along the way of experience. Isaiah promises that when and as we wait for the Lord’s timing our strength has opportunity to increase. Our patience grows and we mature as we expectantly wait on the Lord. I have read that ‘waiting on the Lord” means not only waiting for Him to move or direct our next move but also as a waiter waits on his/her clients/customers, so we “wait on or SERVE the Lord in praise, worship prayer, and pleasing Him.
    Another part of Isaiah’s prophetic promise from the Lord is that we will be mounting up “on eagle’s wings” soaring far above the problem(s) that hinder us and the seemingly insurmountable odds that are against God’s people in this world, especially when we set our faces to do His will.
    And Isaiah also says that God promises that we will not grow weary in running the daily chores and tasks of life that we constantly run after and run to do
    We will not weary of doing the Lord’s work. It will become a constant energizer and we won’t faint in the battle.
    All of this is promised when we WAIT UPON THE LORD, and His timing and His plan. Oh God grant us and teach us Lord TO WAIT! (Is. 40:31)

  4. One way I see it is that God seems to use practical things like circumstances, responsibilities, comittments, people, requests, needs, the weather, etc. as timings in my life. These things can help me seek His will, define order in my life, help me be sensitive to Him and flexible so I can learn to keep in step with His timings and schedule. There is much more peace and joy when my times (or timings) are in concert with the move and will of His hand.

  5. Also, I would like to add that the photo by Christopher is beautiful and shows so much precision and detail!

  6. “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days”
    (Ephesians 5:15–16, NLT)

    I get God’s part but many days miss my part. Like how many days have I and do I live like a fool? God gave us a gift called “today.” My gift of today is attached to responsibility. The Scripture tells us, “to redeem the time, to make the most of every opportunity.” Don’t let the commodity of time go to waste. How is my focus? Am I happy? Do I express negativity and always feel defeated?
    I repeat my prayer to you again today and hope you find me living within this framework! “When we nest our minds in the care of God our trust levels normalize and our heart rate stabilizes. Stress neutralizes and hope energizes.” This is how I see God’s timing in my life.:

  7. A man was sitting on his front porch when it started to rain. The rain came down harder and harder and the man realized that it was a flood. So the flood waters were rising and when the water started to spill over the porch, a man in a rowboat comes by. And the man in the rowboat says, “Need any help?”

    But the man said, “Nope, the Lord’ll take care of me!” A few hours later, the man was standing on a chair on his front porch and another rowboat comes by.

    And the man inside yells, “Need any help?”

    But the man smiles and says, “Nope, the Lord’ll take care of me!”

    An interesting story I read on prayer, trust and timing…..”A few hours later, the man is on his roof and a helicopter comes by and the pilot inside yells, “Need any help?!”

    But the man just says, “Nope! The Lord’ll take care of me!”

    A few hours later, the flood gets to be too much for the man and he drowns. When he enters Heaven, he asks the Lord, “Lord, why didn’t you take care of me?”

    The Lord says, “Well, I sent you two rowboats and a helicopter!”

  8. Good parable, Gary Obviously and UNFORTUNATELY , the man’s timing was NOT in sync with God’s timing.
    Sister Ruth and Sara teach….”when (Ezekiel’s) wheel touches down at the timing of the Lord, better get on board. It may never pass this way or in this way, again. Timing is everything.

  9. Love Christopher and Jonathan’s photo work. The art by the artist that carved the bird is outstanding. God’s beauty is all around! As we nest our minds…….

  10. I have found myself saying the above words over and over again and meditating on …”When we nest our minds in the care of God”. Then I pictured a bird’s nest securely resting in between three sturdy tree branches. Though the wind blows and the tree sways the nest remains secure. They are very encouraging words.

  11. My blog words; “When we nest our minds in the care of God our trust levels normalize and our heart rate stabilizes. Stress neutralizes and hope energizes”… (in God’s timing.)
    Moses strongly considered to be the writer of Leviticus wrote; “You will eat your fill and live securely in your own land” (Leviticus 26:5, NLT)

    Trusting that our times are in God’s hands gives me the picture of baby birds depending upon Mother bird to show up with a worm to feed the hungry. A twig for warmth and comfort and a nudge to leap and a chirp to fly.

    As I nest my mind in the care of God I continue to tweet, blog and FB from the nest of my computer hoping safety will ensue and we will eat our fill and live securely in our own land.

  12. Sara, your “nesting imagery” brings back the verse of Scripture spoken by Jesus Christ the Lord as He lamented over the Holy City and its falling into unbelief and degradation. He said,

    “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not”
    The nesting of God’s children under the wings of the Dove of Peace, the Holy Spirit, is the quintessence of peace, protection and security. I imagine, well…truly believe…. that ” we who dwell in the secret place of the most HIGH GOD, shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty. there, He IS our Fortress and our High Tower. We run into it and we are safe.

  13. For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; .Ecc. 3:1

    Daniel 2:21 says,
    “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;”

    And we can trust our Heavenly Father with our “times”…as Sara wrote…”my time is in His hands” because: “He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.(Acts 1:7)
    So we trust and have faith that God works things out in His own perfect schedule as long as we don’t jump the gun or get in the way of God’s perfect timing.

  14. When I think of our times being in God’s hands, I think how powerful, mighty and significant His hands are…a place of protection and assurance. We are told that we are inscribed in the palms of His hands and that Jesus on the cross committed His spirit into God’s hands. Surely our times are in safe-keeping in His hands.

  15. Someone said the earth is ending today? Ok. My time is in His Hands. “The eternal God is my refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Duet. 33:27

    How do you feel about it?

  16. I feel like whether the prediction comes true or not, it’s a good reminder to remain watchful and try to live like it may end. There’s promise in Revelation 21 that the Lord will make a new heaven and earth and if I understand correctly, those who are victorious will inherit it.

  17. “…. While we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,(Titus 2:13)
    “Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2Tim 4:6)
    Those of us who wait expectantly, hopefully, joyfully looking up at every turn while continuing to labor, keep His Word (obedience) and our lamps burning (with the Oil of the Holy Spirit)….He is returning for us ….He comes in clouds. Just as Elijah told Elisha…”.keep your eyes on me as I ascend” and Elisha received the double portion mantle…now we who keep our eyes on the clouds for the Lord, every day, every day…for the Lord as He descends to come and take us up….Home….with Him and we shall forever we with the Lord.

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