For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3 (ESV)
I write this in my new office in Barbara’s Place at America’s Keswick. My original goal was that we would have been open this week and would be concluding our first week with women being in residence at Keswick. Well, that hasn’t happened. In fact, I am surrounded by the sound of hammering and power tools.
As a staff, we have been diligently preparing for the opening, and volunteers are recruited and ready. But, apparently, God is not ready for us to open. I have had to constantly remind myself that the timing of the opening is God’s not mine or Keswick’s. For whatever reason He has, He has chosen to allow the enemy to put obstacles in our way.
Sometimes I think it is because He wants us more ready, or He has a certain person in mind to start the program that has yet to apply; maybe it’s something totally different and we may never know. I must trust that God who has laid the foundation and paved the way for Barbara’s Place will be faithful and will complete it (Phil. 1:6).
The verse above really struck me when I read it this morning; it was like God was reminding me that we will open and we will be fully up and running and to not be in such a hurry. God has set the time in motion way before we even had Barbara’s Place on our radar screen.
Do you struggle with waiting? Do you try to rush God’s timing? I know I do. Join me today as I fully lean on the promise that God will surely complete His work and the timing will be perfect.
Lynne Jahns is a Christian counselor and holds the honor of being the first Director of Barbara’s Place at America’s Keswick, a residential addiction recovery ministry for women. Lynne is married to Bill Jahns, who also serves on staff at America’s Keswick as the Director of Housekeeping. When not working and studying, Lynne loves to be outdoors and to travel. Family is very important to both Lynne and Bill and a lot of free time is spent with relatives and close family friends. Lynne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences from Cedarville University in Ohio, a Master of Arts degree from The College of New Jersey in Community Counseling, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Louisiana Baptist University.