Thursday, April 17, 2008

Timing is Everything

There may be times that the Lord will show us a particular song to dance to or a vision for a future event. When we are in tune with Him, we will realize that just because we see what is coming does not mean that it is to be accomplished immediately. Larger visions require proper preparation. Some visual ministry offerings require time to obtain the proper pageantry items, garments, dancers, location, etc.

Personal Testimony: The Lord showed me a vision for a Liturgical Dance Conference in early 2000. I wrote down everything that He showed me, including the class titles and conference schedule. I even created the brochure. It then sat in my computer for 3 years. During this period of "waiting on the Lord" I continued to labor in dance ministry through teaching at my church and relationship-building with other dance ministries. When the time was right, the Lord provided the location, the teachers, and the delegates. The inagural 2003 Liturgical Dance Conference was not only an overwhelming success, it was standing room only!

In this "microwave society," we too often want instant results without waiting for the Lord's timing. On the other hand, we must not delay in obeying the Lord's directives. Waiting beyond the appointed time to complete His instructions equals disobedience. When we are in the right cadence with the Lord, the timing will always be Divine.

Numbers 28:2 (NKJV)
“Command the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘My offering, My food for My offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to Me, you shall be careful to offer to Me at their appointed time.’

Jeremiah 8:7 (NKJV)
Even the stork in the heavens knows her appointed times; And the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow observe the time of their coming. But My people do not know the judgment of the LORD.

Daniel 10:1 (NKJV)
In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar. The message was true, but the appointed time was long; and he understood the message, and had understanding of the vision.

Habakkuk 2:3 (NKJV)
For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

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