When things just don’t work out the way you want it to, what do you do? Someone told me, if all your plans to do something fails and every solution you try to find falls through, either by a non response, or because you don’t have enough money, or you are trying to break into a new career with no success. It is not meant to be at that stage of your life. Joshua Harris said: “The right thing at the wrong time is a wrong thing.” In other words, the right opportunity, the perfect relationship, the beautiful prospects of a new career at the wrong time, if everything does not align to help grow it at that time, makes it the wrong move. In those instances, we are guided by our own emotions, not by what God wants for our lives. Are you willing to wait for the right thing?

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“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)

We live in a rushed world. We all feel it. We are all hastily seeking outcome, seeking something new, seeking progress or seeking success in every aspect of our lives. This is usually riddled with frustration when the things that we hope for and work for do not come to a head when we expect it to. Challenges and delays put halts to our vision. We try to force things too easily. This is true. We try to force dysfunctional relationships, dysfunctional work environments, unrealistic expectations. All in a hope that things will get better someday. Your life, has not yet reached its greatest potential. I am here to tell you that trying to force things that just don’t want to work for your life at this moment means that it is just not yet meant to be. Either you have some growing to do, or the world you are about to impact is not yet ready for who you are.

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It is important in this time to pray to God and ask for His will to manifest in your life. Allow Him to shape you and make you flourish. A couple of years ago, I gave a little board to one of my close friends right before my move to Cape Town, that reads “Bloom where planted.”. At the time, this seemed like the most perfect message anyone could give her, knowing what I knew about her general feeling towards her job, finances and personal life. It was supposed to be a message of encouragement and motivation to help change the way she looks at the things in her life. Looking back now, it was probably the harshest words anyone could have ever given her. You see, however beautiful those words seemed at the time. They gave no hope for the future God intends for her to have “A good, pleasing and perfect” (As transcribed in Romans 12 verse 2 (NIV)). We are all so quick to give words of encouragement, yet we fail to give hope. We are perhaps good at giving hope, but we fail to provide insight. We could be good at giving insight, but we fail at providing advice. Actionable advice to help them to steer their own lives into the direction that God intends their life to go.

Recently I wrote a post on Working in faith. Because having faith means that you work on the things that you hope for. “Faith without work is dead” This holds true. However, there is another big factor we need to take into consideration when we consider things at a loss. God has planned your life in advance. He knew the plans for your life even before you were born, you cannot intercede in those plans. You can try to steer your life into any direction you want to, but if it does not align with God’s purpose for your life, it shall not come to pass. In these times we have to remember, that experience makes you wiser, should you decide to learn from it. Failing repeatedly, gives you the perseverance you require to manifest your purpose in God’s Kingdom.

God will give you the desires of your heart, but not at your time, in its time. The perfect time. A beautiful time. You may be impatiently waiting for things to come to pass. Just imagine the greatness of the outcome if you work towards the timing God has placed on your life. So, here is my advice to you. Keep hope, keep faith, keep working on the things that your heart desires. Keep searching for your passions. Keep working towards fulfilling your purpose. No one said it will be easy, but worth it? Definitely.

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