Timing


I found this poster on Pinterest tonight, and started thinking about one of my very favorite talks - "Timing" by Dallin H. Oaks. I read it over and over and over again after my divorce. One of my favorite parts was this quote in the talk from Elder Maxwell:

“The issue for us is trusting God enough to trust also His timing. If we can truly believe He has our welfare at heart, may we not let His plans unfold as He thinks best? The same is true with...all those matters wherein our faith needs to include faith in the Lord’s timing for us personally, not just in His overall plans and purposes.”

I've been thinking a lot lately about what it means to wait on the Lord. After my divorce, I really felt like I knew what it meant to wait on the Lord. I found myself single again and didn't know what I was supposed to do with the course of my life since it had so dramatically changed.  But as I look around my life now, I see all sorts of examples of people who are waiting on the Lord. We all wait for different things.

These words from Elder Oaks about waiting really hit me as I read them again tonight:

Because of things over which we have no control, we cannot plan and bring to pass everything we desire in our lives. Many important things will occur in our lives that we have not planned, and not all of them will be welcome. Even our most righteous desires may elude us or come in different ways or at different times than we have sought to plan...

So what should be done in the meantime? Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ prepares us for whatever life brings. This kind of faith prepares us to deal with life’s opportunities—to take advantage of those that are received and to persist through the disappointments of those that are lost. In the exercise of that faith, we should commit ourselves to the priorities and standards we will follow on matters we do not control and persist faithfully in those commitments, whatever happens to us because of the agency of others or the timing of the Lord. When we do this, we will have a constancy in our lives that will give us direction and peace. Whatever the circumstances beyond our control, our commitments and standards can be constant.

If we have faith in God and if we are committed to the fundamentals of keeping His commandments and putting Him first in our lives, we do not need to plan every single event—even every important event—and we should not feel rejected or depressed if some things—even some very important things—do not happen at the time we had planned or hoped or prayed.

Commit yourself to put the Lord first in your life, keep His commandments, and do what the Lord’s servants ask you to do. Then your feet are on the pathway to eternal life. Then it does not matter whether you are called to be a bishop or a Relief Society president, whether you are married or single, or whether you die tomorrow. You do not know what will happen. Do your best on what is fundamental and personal and then trust in the Lord and His timing.

 Isn't that so great? I hope that if you find yourself waiting that this talk might be as helpful for you as it was for me.