Some say God is never late.
I think it’s important to note that God is never late – in His own timing. As with a lot of things, our timing and/or perception of things isn’t always matched up with God’s.
Case in point. We ran late on rent. First time we’ve run late on a bill in the last year. I’ve blogged many times about the incredible journey God has had us on over the last year. And in these blogs, I’ve noted that we haven’t run late on a single bill. For us to run late on rent this month made me question a few things.
So my wife and I went to people we trust, people who have been by our side on this journey since the beginning, and we asked the hard questions. Would God let rent slide to tell us this leg of the journey is over and that it may be time for me to go look for ‘real’ work? If God is late, does that mean He has abandoned us in some respect? Did we miss something we should have done over the last month to make sure rent was paid on time?
Asking questions is hard. Asking questions of God can sometimes seem impossible, because aside from the Bible, there really is no black and white cheat sheet that gives you the answers. There are wise people around us, but they aren’t always going to “feel led by God” to give us particular advice.
Talking out these questions – and answering these questions – led me to the answers I needed. My wife and I are right where we need to be.
We were at a friend’s house Friday night and I remember saying something to my wife about how I wouldn’t be surprised if God let us run late on rent so we could ask and answer these questions. When we returned home that evening, we had a notice on our door from the apartment complex telling us we had to pay rent in five days or they would start the eviction process.
It was ten minutes later that my wife suddenly remembered the stack of savings bonds she had been holding onto for the last year. They were gifted to her in her childhood and her mother had given the collection of them to her around the time I was fired and said she thought we may be able to use them.
We paid rent – and all of the late fees – the next morning.