I have often experienced nagging and discouraging “incidents” that result in altered plans – usually resulting in a greater degree of difficulty for what might have once been simple.
I have just come through such a season. As I previously posted, my husband went through a knee replacement surgery three weeks ago. The recovery is difficult and tedious. I knew I would need an extra measure of God’s strength to be the helper he needs and prayed for such. Being a (usually) healthy person, I found it rather annoying before and during the week of his surgery to find myself with various maladies. The saga began with a case of hip bursitis. I have never had it before and never wish to have it again. It’s painful and makes walking, sitting, turning over…and really moving in any way excruciatingly difficult. Bursitis also sounds like something someone older would get…so what’s with that?! Fortunately, my dear chiropractor worked and worked – and gave it the magic electrical ultrasound wand – so that after a few long days it was gone. Relief?!…Well ..not yet. This ordeal was followed by the passing of a kidney stone. That was special. (said no one, ever!) Unfortunately this has become a nearly annual tradition for me– one I would care to quit. Fortunately, it passed after a few days and all was good. Well no…not really. That was followed by pain I’ve experienced only a few times before…that is, the few times before when I’ve had a gallbladder attack. This also lasted for several days. The serendipitous aspect of this condition is that I can’t eat while it’s going on…so it’s a good week to weigh in at Weight Watchers.
At least during these “special events” the busyness of coming and going to and from the hospital and caring for Wyndham kept me from focusing on the discomfort – (sort of.) As I was discouraged with the unfortunate timing of these situations I was also reading through Exodus. This scripture got my attention and in a strange sort of way, encouraged me.
“I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.  I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way.  But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you.  Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.
The Israelites were making their way to the Promised Land. God, time and again, promised that he would be with them and bring them victory. However, it didn’t happen all at once. God’s timing and our timing don’t always match. I can be frustrated with the timing of events that happen or don’t happen as planned – by me, that is . However, God has a different view of time and sees the big picture, which I can’t fully see – because I’m not God. I wonder how frustrated or confused the Israelites were when they knew God had promised them victory but it did not come in the timing they likely expected. This passage of scripture reminds me how detailed God is in the intricacies of our lives and the timing he sees as best for us – whether or not we understand. He knew that if they had immediate victory the land would not support them and the wild animals would become too dangerous for them. Who knew?! Amazingly and again, God is in the details. I am comforted, (even though too often fighting with my own thinking of what is best)….knowing that God knows the timing that is needed for all things. I don’t know why I experienced the nagging and painful difficulties while Wyndham was in the hospital. But this I do know –
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.