I might should have listened more closely to the words in the old spiritual my Nanny used to sing to me while she rocked me. Lord knows I have repeated the same song time and again to all four of our babies with the sound of her voice playing in my mind, hers and mine intertwining in a duet only I could hear.
"No, You can't hurry God, no You just have to wait You have to trust and give him time No matter how long it takes. He's a God that you can't hurry He'll be there, so don't you worry Oh, he may not come when you're calling but He'll come on ti-i-i-i-i-i-ime."
Can you hear it now? What I wouldn’t do to pick up the phone right now and dial 256-442-5333 and hear her voice answer on the other end. Just last summer I went through what I have told my husband for years I didn’t think I would ever be able to live through; I got the call that my Nanny was very ill and I needed to come home. Having lost her eye sight and almost passed away a couple years prior, we all knew that it was coming sooner than later but I don’t think you can ever really prepare to lose someone you hold so dear, someone who is like a mom to you your whole life. Someone who prayed for you and contended for you every single day so much so that you “felt it”.
So, yesterday morning with hot tears on my cheeks I faced down the hallway of uncertainty over an area I had felt for sure I had heard from the Lord on but wasn’t “seeing” clearly on yet. The words washed over me, “No, you can’t hurry God, you’ll just have to wait. You have to trust and give Him time no matter how long it takes. He’s a God that you can’t hurry. He’ll be there so don’t you worry..oh, He may not come when you’re calling but He’ll come on time.” As I began to sing, I heard her too and I knew…this next chapter, the one tied to our calling to the nations–is the one she contended for in prayer. The one she said in a recent dream “will happen.”
And just like the song, He comes on time!