by Emily Conrad
Ever just need someone to say Yes? Yes, you can have the job. Yes, we’d love to publish your writing. Yes, yes, yes. You’re in!
It seems like it’s easy for the other person to say No instead.
I’m in one of those situations right now. Come to think of it, I’m in more than one of them.
Typing about one of them to a friend, I confessed how likely it seems that I’ll hear a No.
It’s just so easy to say no, I typed.
Or at least, that’s what I’d meant to type.
Instead, I wrote:
It’s just so easy to say now.
I was on my laptop, so I can’t blame auto-correct for that one. (In fact, it seems that the majority of my editing and typing errors are 100% me. Sigh.)
Why would my finger add that extra W?
As I quickly added a correction, I was struck by how true the error was.
When God says, Now, things happen.
That’s all He has to do. It’s easy for Him.
When winter clings well into April, and then God says Now, spring sets plants in motion.
After Joseph spent years in prison, God said Now, promoting him to Pharaoh’s right hand man.
After centuries of promises, God sent Jesus to die for us at just the right time.
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8, NET, italics mine)
To some, dying for us while we were ungodly? That was the wrong timing. He died for us when there wasn’t anything at all good about us. We’d done nothing to deserve it. Yet God said, Now, because he loves us just that much.
And one day, He’ll say Now again, and He’ll come back.
When God says Now, everything changes.
God is powerful enough to instantly end any wait.
No situation I face is too great for Jesus, too much of a long shot, too impossible for my God to bring about in just the right way at the right time.
Sometimes I fall into wishing He’d say Now a little bit sooner, but:
And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose, Romans 8:28, NET
That includes His timing. If He doesn’t say Yes right now, it’s only because it wouldn’t be for the ultimate best. Same for if he never says Yes in a particular situation.
Whatever the case, a delay or detour or decline is never because the circumstances I face are too difficult for Him.
My dreams and every situation in which I’m waiting to hear a Yes is one hundred percent in His trustworthy control.
So, I get to not worry about the Noes I hear.
Someday, in every way that matters and when it’s truly for the best, my Savior and Redeemer will say Yes. Now.
The word won’t be an accident or a typo. He won’t scramble like I did to issue a correction.
Because as easy as it is for God to say Now, He doesn’t do anything flippantly, hurriedly, or arbitrarily. He has a plan.
Let’s pin our hopes not on human Yeses and Noes but on God’s, confident that when the moment is right and the outcome will be His best, He will say Now and the outcome will be truly, completely good.
What a blessing to read this post today! Thank you.
Terrific post, Emily! 🙂 Such an encouragement to be reminded of the awesome power and amazing things that happen when God says, "Now." This one will stay with me a long while. Thanks!
"When God says, Now, things happen.
That's all He has to do. It's easy for Him."
Yes! I think that's why it's so hard for us to say no sometimes. Because we're made in his image, we have that desire to will things to happen even when we don't have time or the ability! For me, learning to say no has been about learning humility.
It's wonderful and kind of God to make use of OUR mistakes – given that He makes none – and teaches us truth as a result. If only to remain teachable and patient with His perfect timing at all times 🙂 And…great thought here, Emily: "The word won't be an accident or a typo. He won't scramble like I did to issue a correction."
Great post, Emily! Can't agree with Ruth more–learning to say "no" means learning our limitations. Hard stuff. I like to be in charge & on top of things. But I've learned to rely on him more. In our weakness though, He is made strong!
always enjoy your posts!
Good luck and God's blessings
Thank you, Pam!
Very true! So grateful He's strong and in charge–and not me! 🙂
Learning to stay patient and teachable is an ongoing battle, but He is faithful! So glad He uses our mistakes!
Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad the post resonated with you 🙂
You raise an excellent point. I hadn't thought of saying no as an exercise in humility before, but you're so right! Something to keep in mind next time I'm tempted to say yes when I shouldn't. Thanks for reading.
I always need reminders that God's timing is perfect! Thanks for writing this just when I needed it!
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