The comment, "God is always on time", was made a while back at church. It took me back to the many instances that I have seen this in my life, particularly when it came to the man that God had for me to marry. When I was a teenager, my parents encouraged me to start praying for the man that God had for me. I can't say that I was always diligent in praying for him, since I would get caught up in life or discouraged with the ups and downs of being a young adult.
When I was 23, I started to think that perhaps there were things I needed to accomplish before getting married. So, I talked to God (which was really just telling Him how I thought things were going to be. What is the saying? We plan white God laughs.;)) and came up with a list of things that I wanted to do with my life before I got married, figuring that was how things were suppose to go.
A couple of months later, my brother attempted to play matchmaker and failed miserably, so I had to goad him on facebook about his matchmaking attempts. Imagine my surprise when that update prompted a private message from an old friend who suddenly seemed to be showing interest! I shouldn't say suddenly, since I think a few of my friends saw it coming, since they made comments when we talked. I had brushed them off, thinking they were way out in left field.
It took me a bit to realize that I didn't really know this guy well enough to write him off, and that perhaps God had something in store for my future then what we "agreed" on. When I really stopped and took a good look at things, I realized that I just about missed one of the most wonderful things that has happened in my life.
Fast forward three years, and we are now happily married. I can look back and see God's hand in our relationship and the timing of things. We have known each other since we were in our early teens, so it was possible that we could of gotten together sooner. And yet, I see that we needed to make choices and mature on our own before getting married. It was good for Andrew to go to college out of the area, and I learned a lot through working in my family's business and doing the farmers markets. We both had to make choices to stay involved in church and youth group. While it would of most likely still worked out for us to be together earlier, God had His reasons for it not happening sooner.
So, I want to encourage those of you who are still hoping and praying for the man or woman that the Lord has for you. He or she is out there, you just have to surrender to a higher power, since He has your best interest at heart.