“God’s Timing”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, January 29, 2022 comes to us from R.G. Wood of Ohio

9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 NIV

“God’s Timing”

Earlier in my career as a speech-language pathologist, I received yearly contracts to work in a particular school district. One year, when July rolled around, I had no contract. Reluctantly, I took work at a nursing facility. I was deeply unsatisfied, but my wife told me repeatedly, “It’s only a season.” In March of that year, my wife discovered a lump in her breast. Over the next 10 months, we went to dozens of doctors’ appointment and treatments. We prayed constantly. Eventually, my wife’s initial treatment was complete. She was cancer-free! I missed only two of her medical appointments during those months.

Working at the nursing facility made that possible because my schedule was flexible. Had I worked at a school, I wouldn’t have been able to be with my wife when she needed me most. I believe that by putting me in the nursing facility, the Lord was nurturing us long before we even realized we needed it. Sometimes when I don’t understand what God is doing, I think about that experience. I remember that God can use the pieces of my life to help me end up exactly where I need to be.


Friends –

Like R. G. Wood, I often recognize God’s work in my life only in retrospect. During the Pandemic, the need to stay at home seemed like an awful burden, but I got sick and had some needs for care at home. So, the fact that my roommate had to stay home, empowered her to help me when I really needed that help. Since then, we have both commented on the fact that God’s providence was at work in our situation. Can you think of a situation when something that seemed like a hardship turned out to be a “God” send, even though it seemed like a difficulty?

--Pastor bea


O Lord, help us to remember that you are forever faithful, even when we can’t see the bigger picture. In Jesus name. Amen.

--R. G. Wood

Prayer Focus:

Speech Pathologists

Thought for the Day:

Even when I don’t fully understand, I will trust God.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21 NIV