Timing is Everything

I have to say, as much as a 2-hour round trip commute can stink, it does allow for some good time to pray, meditate and reflect.This morning I sat talking to God and pondering His timing. I talk a lot about my time in Uganda on this blog, because it deeply and profoundly changed me. But what I haven’t mentioned was that I did not go when I had intended to.

Have I mentioned how beautiful Uganda was?

You see, I knew from about the day I stepped foot on Eastern’s campus that I was going to study abroad. And I was going to study abroad in Africa. The rest of the details would fall into place, but this I knew for a fact. As my sophomore year drew to a close, I had settled on the Uganda Studies Program at Uganda Christian University. I applied for the Fall 2008 semester and then I waited.

I was in the library printing off a paper after class one afternoon weeks later when I decided to check my e-mail. I opened up what I knew with 100% certainty was my acceptance letter to USP Fall ’08. Instead, I was informed that I had been wait-listed and could reapply for the Spring semester.

Devastated was an understatement as I sought out a dark, empty corner of the library building and cried hysterically. I was so sure this was the plan…until it wasn’t.

But as life often does, it went on.

I accepted a position with my college’s Conferences Department and spent the summer working on campus and growing close to a boy we’ll call “Abe.” When Fall began, I had made peace with the fact that although it was not according to my timeline, I was going to Uganda. Right after I found out I had been accepted into the Spring 2009 program, Abe and I began dating.

Not at all relevant, but this was taken the summer Abe and I met.

I believe Abe was the reason my Uganda semester was postponed. If I had gone off to the Pearl of Africa in the Fall, we never would have become an item. And in the grand scheme of things, I needed to date Abe.
My relationship with Abe was filled with panic attacks, counseling, self-harming and a month-long break-up. It was not good. Abe is a good man, and I still consider him a friend. But I had a lot of demons I was working through when we began our relationship, and to put it bluntly, he was not right for me.

So why do I look back on our courtship with such positivity? Because, I believe in God’s timing. I believe that I needed to date Abe. I needed to experience a wrong relationship so that a couple years later, when the right one came along, I knew with absolute certainty: I had found my husband.

I realize this is a long-winded glimpse into my prior dating life…or lack thereof. But as I anxiously await some changes in my life, I look back on this time in my life with the knowledge that timing is everything.
And while patience is not my strong point, I have complete faith that God’s timing will work out perfectly.

Just as it always does.


  1. Lovely post!! I feel like in the midst of life I frequently wonder why God is allowing things....and then afterwards I see how beautifully God worked out all the details!! He's at work on an amazing life story for you--and I am enjoying seeing it unfold on your blog!

  2. I love this post! I feel the same way about my current boyfriend. Having bad relationships in the past made it crystal clear that he is the one for me!

  3. This is great. I love that you are able to look back and see the hand of the Lord in these areas of your life. Praise God that he gave you those eyes!
    I am 22 and have never dated anyone and I really desire that. When I get freaked out about I look to the Lord's perfect timing and it tends to calm me down. I'm glad to know that there are others who's stories have lots of twists and turns :)