“Waiting on God’s Perfect Timing” by Ann Webb

“Waiting on God’s Perfect Timing” by Ann Webb

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 –  “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

When I think of Rick and Zoe Moore these are the scriptures that come to mind most.  Primarily, this couple loves well.  Pastor Dave’s final message encouraged us to sign on the bottom line, to submit our lives to His authority, and to be ready to go wherever He leads.  Over the last several years I have witnessed Rick and Zoe living this out in ways I frankly couldn’t imagine.

There has only been one thing that God has put on my heart that I have claimed and spoken as truth without evidence.  Years ago, He told me clearly that when Dave was ready to move on, Rick would be his successor.  As often as I shared this with Rick, he didn’t seem to agree.  The last time, right after Dave’s sabbatical, Rick and Zoe both indicated that I might have heard wrong.  While I felt relatively certain I heard correctly, I was concerned that I had replaced His will with my want.

It broke my heart to realize that if I were wrong, HE was positioning Rick to be the bridge between Dave and our next lead pastor. Week after week, month after month, encounter after encounter, I found myself overwhelmed by their obedience and the trust they were placing in HIS plan and provision.  I prayed for open doors for my friends that would take them away from us before Dave’s resignation.  As I saw no signs that doors were opening or that they were leaving, I prayed like never before for HIS strength, power, and presence to be with them and us. Something powerful, life-changing, prayer-changing happens when you watch people standing at the edge of a a valley season trusting the One who is in control of everything.

When Dave announced that he had given his resignation, I continued praying for Rick and Zoe.  HE spoke to my heart and gave me peace as I settled with HIM, my willingness to stand on faith even if things did not go as I had believed for so long. HIS plans and timing have overwhelmed me.  HIS perfect provision is beyond comprehension.  We take small steps of obedience, HE determines where those steps lead.  Remembering yesterday, looking toward tomorrow, living today loving God, following Jesus, and serving others.  We come together seeking to advance HIS kingdom.