Are You Trusting God’s Timing?

There are some things that we must wait for in life. Asking God to answer our prayers for our marriages can be one of those times where He teaches us to wait. And oddly enough, this reminds me of baking a cake.

I can mix together all the right ingredients …

  • 1 yielded heart
  • A cup full of requests
  • 1 powerful God

But it’s not ready until I wait for it to “bake in the oven.”

If I try to stir it more, or add more ingredients, or take it out to “check on the progress,” I’m either delaying or interfering with the process it must go through.

I can’t speed up the “baking” time by my efforts. I can pass the time by doing other positive tasks or I can take the time to just “rest” while I wait on my delicious dessert to bake, but I can’t hurry the process along. That’s because …

… the time is set by God.

Is there some situation where you’re not trusting in God’s timing?

Do you feel like you need to “do something more to speed up God’s answer?

I have many areas of my life where I feel this way, but we can rest assured that God is at work even when we don’t see the progress. He is powerful enough to redeem our situation and loving enough to provide for our needs.

Since this post is about baking a cake, I thought I’d share my husband’s favorite recipe, it’s a tangy, moist Lemon Cake. Click here and you’ll find the recipe! Enjoy!

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  • I needed this today, Beth. Thank you. Great analogy. I will keep it close at hand. And I do love a good cake recipe, too, thank you

  • I needed this today, Beth. Thank you. Great analogy. I will keep it close at hand. And I do love a good cake recipe, too, thank you

  • I needed this today, Beth. Thank you. Great analogy. I will keep it close at hand. And I do love a good cake recipe, too, thank you!

    • Thanks for your encouragement and sweet words, Becky! And the next time you bake that cake, you can remember how God is working on whatever you’re waiting on Him to do!

  • I needed this today, Beth. Thank you. Great analogy. I will keep it close at hand. And I do love a good cake recipe, too, thank you!

  • Megan@DoNotDisturb

    I am currently in a season of waiting and it can be oh so painful at times. I am continuing to learn that I can bow this time of waiting as an act of worship. Thanks for sharing!

    Megan

    • Me too, Megan. Actually my “waiting” for the most part is not with my husband but with one of my sons. God’s already been good, though, to show me signs of growth and hope in just a couple of days time! Thanks for linking up and stopping by to encourage me too. 🙂

  • Wow Beth, what an analogy! Takes the point deep down to the heart. I have a couple of areas am waiting on. I think I’ve been waiting by the oven, tapping my toe, peering inside, checking my watch, wondering when the the “cake” will get done. So it gets really stressful in the kitchen! Thanks for this reminder to find “other positive tasks or take the time to just “rest””. Amen!

    • Yes, I can think of several areas where I am waiting on God and I have this tendency to think I should be the one bringing about the necessary changes and He keeps reminding me … He’s got this! When will I ever learn? Thanks for your kind words and friendship, NginaI I really appreciate you and your heart!

  • Wow Beth, what an analogy! Takes the point deep down to the heart. I have a couple of areas am waiting on. I think I’ve been waiting by the oven, tapping my toe, peering inside, checking my watch, wondering when the the “cake” will get done. So it gets really stressful in the kitchen! Thanks for this reminder to find “other positive tasks or take the time to just “rest””. Amen!

  • Gaye @ CalmHealthySexy

    “Take it out to ‘check on the progress’ ” – oops, yeah, guilty of that one! It’s kind of like, “Yes, I trust you, God, but I’m just checking to see what kind of progress You’re making!” I really have a hard time letting go of things I have supposedly given over to His timing. Thanks for this gentle encouragement to trust Him more.

    • I have a hard time letting go too, Gaye. This analogy came from one of those “thinking” sessions you’ve written about today! 🙂 And I think it was a thought that came directly from God. He’s trying to get my attention or something, I think! haha! Thanks for your sweet friendship and encouragement!

  • Gaye @ CalmHealthySexy

    “Take it out to ‘check on the progress’ ” – oops, yeah, guilty of that one! It’s kind of like, “Yes, I trust you, God, but I’m just checking to see what kind of progress You’re making!” I really have a hard time letting go of things I have supposedly given over to His timing. Thanks for this gentle encouragement to trust Him more.

  • bluecottonmemory

    LOVE THIS! – In 2009, when I started blogging, my first few posts wre my relationship “lectures” for one of my teens – “Your a Cake” was one of them – and it is so true:) While mine is about being ready for relationships – your is so true in my life – the process of waiting – and God does not disappoint – learning to live during the baking process is part of the journey. You brightened my morning:)

    • I bet that would be a great analogy for our teens. There’s so much that only God can do in their hearts at that crucial time. I’m so glad you felt encouraged by this post. And I hope you like the cake recipe too, my friend!

  • bluecottonmemory

    LOVE THIS! – In 2009, when I started blogging, my first few posts wre my relationship “lectures” for one of my teens – “Your a Cake” was one of them – and it is so true:) While mine is about being ready for relationships – your is so true in my life – the process of waiting – and God does not disappoint – learning to live during the baking process is part of the journey. You brightened my morning:)

  • We are along similar lines again — no post for me today, but my Monday fits your Wednesday, so I added it to your link-up.

    It’s so hard to wait. I want not only definite timing, but a map, a blueprint, a script (mainly for the person(s) in the situation, of course), and a carrot dangling to lure me in the exact direction I need to go.

    God knows our hearts, and he know exactly how long to make us wait. Our impatience doesn’t foil his plan, but it certainly does prolong our own agony.

    • Yes, impatience always feels like the right thing to “feel” but it really short-circuits the good God wants to do as we wait. Thanks so much for linking up and coming by to encourage me, Amy. I think it must be true that “Great minds …” 😉

  • We are along similar lines again — no post for me today, but my Monday fits your Wednesday, so I added it to your link-up.

    It’s so hard to wait. I want not only definite timing, but a map, a blueprint, a script (mainly for the person(s) in the situation, of course), and a carrot dangling to lure me in the exact direction I need to go.

    God knows our hearts, and he know exactly how long to make us wait. Our impatience doesn’t foil his plan, but it certainly does prolong our own agony.

  • you always have the best insights, beth. what an incredible analogy. such a great reminder that my trying to speed up God’s work will only take the sweetness out of it, not sweeten it up sooner like i can tend to think. those attempts don’t allow the beauty to rise, as intended, but simply flop.

    • Oooh, I love that statement – “beauty to rise.” That certainly captures what the baking of a cake and the waiting on God does in our hearts. Thanks so much for adding to the discussion and being a “sweet” encouragement to me today, Tanya!

  • you always have the best insights, beth. what an incredible analogy. such a great reminder that my trying to speed up God’s work will only take the sweetness out of it, not sweeten it up sooner like i can tend to think. those attempts don’t allow the beauty to rise, as intended, but simply flop.

  • Beth, this is so timely… I’m waiting on God to fulfill a promise He made to our family eight years ago. I was sure when He gave me the Word it was meant for NOW.. and still we wait and trust that He’s at work even in the dark. Faith says the wait will be worth it!

    • I’m so glad it’s encouraging you, Alicia. I’ll pray along with you (no need to know exactly what it is, since God knows) for this long-awaited request in your life. I’m certain the wait will be worth it too, my friend!

  • Beth, this is so timely… I’m waiting on God to fulfill a promise He made to our family eight years ago. I was sure when He gave me the Word it was meant for NOW.. and still we wait and trust that He’s at work even in the dark. Faith says the wait will be worth it!

  • Thanks for your encouragement and sweet words, Becky! And the next time you bake that cake, you can remember how God is working on whatever you’re waiting on Him to do!

  • Me too, Megan. Actually my “waiting” for the most part is not with my husband but with one of my sons. God’s already been good, though, to show me signs of growth and hope in just a couple of days time! Thanks for linking up and stopping by to encourage me too. 🙂

  • Yes, I can think of several areas where I am waiting on God and I have this tendency to think I should be the one bringing about the necessary changes and He keeps reminding me … He’s got this! When will I ever learn? Thanks for your kind words and friendship, NginaI I really appreciate you and your heart!

  • I have a hard time letting go too, Gaye. This analogy came from one of those “thinking” sessions you’ve written about today! 🙂 And I think it was a thought that came directly from God. He’s trying to get my attention or something, I think! haha! Thanks for your sweet friendship and encouragement!

  • I bet that would be a great analogy for our teens. There’s so much that only God can do in their hearts at that crucial time. I’m so glad you felt encouraged by this post. And I hope you like the cake recipe too, my friend!

  • Yes, impatience always feels like the right thing to “feel” but it really short-circuits the good God wants to do as we wait. Thanks so much for linking up and coming by to encourage me, Amy. I think it must be true that “Great minds …” 😉

  • Oooh, I love that statement – “beauty to rise.” That certainly captures what the baking of a cake and the waiting on God does in our hearts. Thanks so much for adding to the discussion and being a “sweet” encouragement to me today, Tanya!

  • I’m so glad it’s encouraging you, Alicia. I’ll pray along with you (no need to know exactly what it is, since God knows) for this long-awaited request in your life. I’m certain the wait will be worth it too, my friend!

  • i have been thinking about this in regard to the happenings in Boston. so many of us (understandably) want answers – and we want them NOW. there is a measure of justice and peace that comes with answers, but isn’t this whole life really a *waiting*?

    the not-yet-but-hang-in-there?

    what was it C.S.Lewis said? something like: there will be many nice inns along the way but we will never be allowed to mistake them for Home.

    perhaps all waiting points us to this ultimate consummation.
    that’s what i’m thinking, anyway as i commit all justice and safety to the One who in reality holds it all.

    great post, Beth. love to you.

    • I really like that C.S. Lewis quote! He really was such a deep thinking and amazing writer. Yes, I agree, Kelli. This whole life is about “waiting.” I was saying that to another blogger today. I have so many areas of my life where I’m waiting. And even if one area breaks through, I find another area where I need to wait again. I suppose it is the longing God wants us to ultimately have for Him. Thanks so much for your constant encouragement in my life! We really do need to meet half-way someday for a bite to eat and some great “face-to-face” conversation! 🙂

  • i have been thinking about this in regard to the happenings in Boston. so many of us (understandably) want answers – and we want them NOW. there is a measure of justice and peace that comes with answers, but isn’t this whole life really a *waiting*?

    the not-yet-but-hang-in-there?

    what was it C.S.Lewis said? something like: there will be many nice inns along the way but we will never be allowed to mistake them for Home.

    perhaps all waiting points us to this ultimate consummation.
    that’s what i’m thinking, anyway as i commit all justice and safety to the One who in reality holds it all.

    great post, Beth. love to you.

  • I really like that C.S. Lewis quote! He really was such a deep thinking and amazing writer. Yes, I agree, Kelli. This whole life is about “waiting.” I was saying that to another blogger today. I have so many areas of my life where I’m waiting. And even if one area breaks through, I find another area where I need to wait again. I suppose it is the longing God wants us to ultimately have for Him. Thanks so much for your constant encouragement in my life! We really do need to meet half-way someday for a bite to eat and some great “face-to-face” conversation! 🙂

  • What a great reminder. I tend to have a hard time waiting for anything. However, God has really taught me the importance of being patient and waiting for His time.

    Looking forward to reading your blog posts.

    • I really appreciate you taking the time to swing by, Dan. Thanks for your encouraging words as well. I’m glad I came by your blog via Ngina’s post. I’ll have to stay in touch!

      • Your welcome. Glad I did. Yes, let’s keep in touch.

  • What a great reminder. I tend to have a hard time waiting for anything. However, God has really taught me the importance of being patient and waiting for His time.

    Looking forward to reading your blog posts.

  • I really appreciate you taking the time to swing by, Dan. Thanks for your encouraging words as well. I’m glad I came by your blog via Ngina’s post. I’ll have to stay in touch!

  • nami scribbles

    Hey, I found you from the one minute Bible love notes blog. I really can relate to what you are saying. So many times we think of “time” as our enemy, when in fact, so many times God has proven us wrong.
    Thanks for hosting the link up, too! (I linked up my last week’s post, the rear view mirror…)
    God bless you!
    nami at namiscribbles.blogspot.com

    • I’m so glad you found me, Nami. I really liked your blog post. Thanks for sharing it with all of us here. 🙂

  • nami scribbles

    Hey, I found you from the one minute Bible love notes blog. I really can relate to what you are saying. So many times we think of “time” as our enemy, when in fact, so many times God has proven us wrong.
    Thanks for hosting the link up, too! (I linked up my last week’s post, the rear view mirror…)
    God bless you!
    nami at namiscribbles.blogspot.com

  • OutnumberedMom

    My favorite sentence here: “He is powerful enough to redeem our situation and loving enough to provide for our needs.” That says it all! Thanks for the reminder, Beth.

    • Yeah, I needed that reminder as I wrote it too. 🙂 Sometimes I doubt His goodness. But He’s never let me down, so I don’t know why I do! Thankfully He’s patient with me even in my doubts. Thanks so much for coming by, Laura Lee. I love seeing your smiling face here, my friend!

  • OutnumberedMom

    My favorite sentence here: “He is powerful enough to redeem our situation and loving enough to provide for our needs.” That says it all! Thanks for the reminder, Beth.

  • I’m so glad you found me, Nami. I really liked your blog post. Thanks for sharing it with all of us here. 🙂

  • Yeah, I needed that reminder as I wrote it too. 🙂 Sometimes I doubt His goodness. But He’s never let me down, so I don’t know why I do! Thankfully He’s patient with me even in my doubts. Thanks so much for coming by, Laura Lee. I love seeing your smiling face here, my friend!

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