Throughout my walk with the Lord, women have shared with me that the perfect man will come along right when I am not looking for him, or that Mr. Right will come into my life once I attain the necessary maturity and holiness. It is “all in His timing,” they have assured me, yet I still feel like I am somehow supposed to earn my way to this checkpoint of a holy romantic relationship.
These words, while spoken with good intentions, continue to lead me into seasons of believing that the “Lord’s timing” is realistically just the Lord holding out on me in my singledom, because I am still inadequate or unprepared. My life as a single woman seems to be interpreted as a waiting game, a season which looks to the future for consolation.
“He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without man's ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Today’s First Reading tells us that the Lord has made everything appropriate to its time, including the unnoticed moments, when each breath enters our lungs. I seem to forget that Heaven’s timing sees me through always, with an eternal vision beyond some day or time when a man may or may not pursue me. The Lord is unravelling graces in my current season that may take a lifetime to discover, yet I allow my present moments to be shaped by a relationship not promised to me.
This reading leaves me awestruck as I come to realize that He has put the timeless into my heart, from the beginning of time. There is no stagnancy as His will marks every day of my life; I am not limited to a season of waiting as He has appointed this time for me to dance and sing in confidence of who He is. His timing is unending and beyond my understanding, but I can rest in knowing that He has not forgotten about me. There is a time for everything under the heavens.
Sisters, His timing is not just for yesterday, or for tomorrow, but today. Your present season is worthy of living in its fullness. He has not left us in a waiting game. Let Heaven’s timing interrupt your own, today, as His plans seek out the infinite in every finite moment.
Are you trusting that His timing isn't just a waiting game, but a special time in and of itself? Trust in that today, Sisters.
Sarah Erickson is a politics pre-law major at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Arizona, she finds great joy in mountains, lattes, American history, and the piano. She is constantly discovering Christ's wild love in the little things. You can find out more about her here.