This is true not just with the transitions that occur to a human body. A country’s revolution begins, not with a single shot, but with years of accumulated and unanswered grievances. An earthquake shatters the stillness, not out of abruptness, but from decades of gathering subterranean tension. A dam breaks only after a century of growing, miniscule fractures in its structure, not because of a sudden collapse.
I could go on and on. Change might appear sudden and unseen, but to those who watch, those who patiently plan and record the data, change is not a surprise at all. It is the expected, inevitable result, a result driven by the maturation of time and circumstance.
God works in similar fashion. What is easily misrepresented as unexpected is actually the product of many years and thousands of moving parts. The person you fell in love with – it wasn’t the result of a single blind date. Your whole life led you to that person. Your whole existence has made the two of you compatible.
The child for which you prayed is the product of much more than a single sexual act. He or she contains the genetic material of your ancestors going back thousands of years. That job that you landed is the product of your education and work history, yes, but more so, it is the result of your entire life’s experience.
God is leading a conspiracy of patience in your life. So much of what you are exasperated with, so much of what you question and protest against, so much of what you pray for but never hear answers, is God’s deliberate, plodding, incremental way. God is allowing the pressure to build, the years to mature, the pieces on the game board of life to properly align themselves, and then the change will come.