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This popped up as the daily verse in You Version today and it got me thinking, “When is the right time?”
Today’s post will probably highlight a less than flattering side of me, but I felt compelled to share my thoughts in hopes that they help someone else who struggles like me.
You see, sometimes (ok, most of the time) when I get on social media, I get a little discouraged watching other people living my dream. Ugh, that looks so ugly written out, but it’s the truth.
For example, I can’t tell you how many people I’ve “watched” announce excitedly that all the doors have opened up for them to move to Nashville. Every time I see that announcement, it feels like my heart is being pinched just a little. Nashville was my dream for so long. Both my husband and I did everything in our power to make it happen, and I got really close to landing a great job there, but in the end, it just didn’t work out. And even though I am very happy in KY and only three hours away from my beloved Music City, sometimes I still get sad that it never happened for me.
Can you relate? Do you ever look at someone else’s life and think, “They’ve got what I want”? They have the baby you’ve longed for, the successful business, the new house, etc.
I could write a whole other post on not falling into the comparison trap, but that’s not the point of today’s post. Because let’s face it, sometimes it stings to watch others accomplish what you’ve been striving and struggling to accomplish yourself.
To return to the theme verse today, I think it offers some hope for those of us who struggle with this. “Humble yourselves,” it says. What does that mean? Does it mean just shrinking down and tossing your dreams aside because they aren’t happening on your timetable? I don’t think so. I think it means to continue working on your dreams that more than likely God placed in you from the beginning, but surrendering the timetable to Him. The timing is not in your hands.
When is the right time? When God says it is. And when He exalts you, as this verse promises, there is nothing on earth, above or below, that can stop you! That’s the very best part. Your only job is to keeping working at it and stay humble. Your time is coming, friend.
Ps. A few years ago, I wrote a song that speaks to this very subject. Listen to it here, and may it encourage you that God has not forgotten you!