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God Does Not Procrastinate
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 by Susan Lyttek

Procrastination is one of my favorite topics. In fact, the most recent time I posted on it was July. And I know we talk about it weekly in our family. But this time, it’s my “not God” post.

God does not delay or procrastinate. He does everything according to his plan and his time.

I, however, struggle with procrastination. It is like what is said in the book of James. If you hold off or avoid doing something you know is good and right, you’re wrong. James 4:17: Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

There are many reasons for my ongoing dilemma. Sometimes, I overcommit myself and then procrastinate on the harder, more worthwhile tasks simply because they are more difficult. I don’t like dusting the house, but in situations like that, often I become obsessed with it as I avoid another task.

Sometimes, on a similar note, I am overwhelmed by life. It can be tied the overcommitment above, but it can also be an accumulation of random life of me and those I love. When my emotions run on high, it’s hard to get work done. I want, instead, to curl in a ball and hide. Every once in a while, I find that during these times what I thought was procrastination wasn’t really. For reasons I didn’t know at the time, I wasn’t yet ready for what I wanted to do. The emotions were God’s way of putting the brakes on.

I can also procrastinate because I want the adrenaline. That is probably the most selfish and most dangerous reason. When I delay on a project or a task until it becomes critical, my kind body responds by sending the energy and intensity of thought my way. It works, yes. But the science and medicine both say relying on that chemical response can wreak havoc on the body long-term.

Lastly, I procrastinate because I don’t wanna. It can be something good for me or even something I generally like, but it that moment, it doesn’t meet the needs I want to meet. For instance, I like walking, but getting out to actually start that walk gets procrastinated on often until the walk can’t happen.

I procrastinate and it is not good.

We often think God procrastinates. But God is good so that immediately means he does not and cannot procrastinate.

My favorite book of scripture, Isaiah, has time as one of its main themes. In its pages, God says repeatedly that he has appointed times for certain events and prophecies. At the end of a familiar passage in chapter 9, God reaffirms that he has control over the times: Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. God planned the arrival of the Messiah from the beginning and never procrastinated even though thousands of years passed. In Galatians, Paul states that God’s timing was perfect. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

God acts when he intends to act. He acts when he needs to act and has planned to act.

In 2nd Peter 3, is an often-misquoted section about time. It doesn’t mean that a day and a thousand years are equal to God. It means that he sees all of time and like Paul mentioned above, acts in the fullness of time.  But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Sometimes, when we think God is procrastinating on a promise, he is waiting for the fullness of time. He is waiting for the perfect moment for something to happen.

The books that are nearing completion are an evidence of that. I prayed years ago about this project and felt God affirmed it. Time after time, I received assurances that this path was in his will for me. Two books received awards. Well-recognized authors commended them. I had two agents (at different times) promoting them.

But nothing.

Now, I see that the rest of the series would have been good, but not as good as God made it over time. He changed the story. Some of it came organically as I wrote it. Some came as readers made comments or my fantastic editor suggested redirections for a character or two.

But most of it came because of time and how God worked in me. The books needed that much time because I needed that much time to become their author.

God does not procrastinate.

Whatever you are praying about or waiting on, trust that. In the fullness of time, whether here on earth or later in heaven, he will answer.

 

Ezra 8:23 So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.

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5/20/2017

Learning to Mom
Susan Lyttek
5/13/2017

Learning to Mom
Susan Lyttek
5/13/2017

Learning Honesty
Susan Lyttek
5/6/2017

A Tribute to my Husband
Susan Lyttek
4/22/2017

Celebrating the Resurrection
Susan Lyttek
4/15/2017

Your Custom Tract
Susan Lyttek
4/8/2017

March Birthday Tribute
Susan Lyttek
3/29/2017

A Tribute to Grandparents
Susan Lyttek
3/11/2017

God as Our Rock
Susan Lyttek
3/4/2017

February Birthday Tribute
Susan Lyttek
2/18/2017

Writing, Living and Existing
Susan Lyttek
2/11/2017

Learning from the Groundhog and the Auto Show
Susan Lyttek
2/4/2017

January Birthday Tribute
Susan Lyttek
1/28/2017

Of Christmases and January Past
Susan Lyttek
1/21/2017

Welcome 2017!
Susan Lyttek
12/31/2016

Our Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek
12/23/2016

NaNo and Pebble Lessons
Susan Lyttek
12/16/2016

December Birthday Tributes
Susan Lyttek
12/5/2016

NaNoWriMo Lessons and Hopes
Susan Lyttek
11/18/2016

My November Birthday Tributes
Susan Lyttek
11/11/2016

Lessons of the Week
Susan Lyttek
11/4/2016

Learning to Speak Feline
Susan Lyttek
10/28/2016

On Changed Hearts, Changed Minds and Politics
Susan Lyttek
10/21/2016

October Birthday Tribute
Susan Lyttek
10/12/2016

Words and the Word (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek
10/2/2016

Words and the Word (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek
9/26/2016

Questions of Pain
Susan Lyttek
9/18/2016

September Birthdays
Susan Lyttek
9/11/2016

Standard Rescue, part 2
Susan Lyttek
9/3/2016

Standard Rescue, part 1
Susan Lyttek
8/27/2016

How to Go Into Debt
Susan Lyttek
8/19/2016

The Difference Hope Makes
Susan Lyttek
7/30/2016

Why Teach Poetry?
Susan Lyttek
7/24/2016

Lessons from My Color Bible, Part 3
Susan Lyttek
7/15/2016

Blog-itis
Susan Lyttek
7/8/2016

Reminiscing with the Patriot
Susan Lyttek
7/4/2016

Lessons in Fear
Susan Lyttek
6/30/2016

Lessons from My Color Bible, Part 2
Susan Lyttek
6/10/2016

Leftover Queen, Part II
Susan Lyttek
5/27/2016

Leftover Queen
Susan Lyttek
5/20/2016

Lessons from my Color Bible
Susan Lyttek
5/12/2016

Living As Called
Susan Lyttek
4/22/2016

Making Writing Fun Again
Susan Lyttek
4/15/2016

Springing
Susan Lyttek
4/6/2016

Good Friday Thoughts
Susan Lyttek
3/26/2016

Confessions of a Delinquent Blogger
Susan Lyttek
3/23/2016

Accepting the Gift of Free Time
Susan Lyttek
2/29/2016

Rest vs. the Type-A Female
Susan Lyttek
2/22/2016

Lessons on Sickness and Rest
Susan Lyttek
2/14/2016

Sick Lessons
Susan Lyttek
2/6/2016

Blocked
Susan Lyttek
1/27/2016

When Inspiration Fails to Strike
Susan Lyttek
1/16/2016

Stumbling Into the New Year
Susan Lyttek
1/13/2016

Annual Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek
12/26/2015

Benefits to the Parent: Help with Work
Susan Lyttek
10/31/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Home
Susan Lyttek
10/24/2015

The Benefits of Unscheduled Free Time
Susan Lyttek
10/16/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: More Empathetic
Susan Lyttek
10/9/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: More Empathetic
Susan Lyttek
10/9/2015

Benefits to the Parent: More Willing to Persevere
Susan Lyttek
10/2/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Closer to God
Susan Lyttek
9/25/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: More Intuitive
Susan Lyttek
9/18/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent--Weaker
Susan Lyttek
9/11/2015

Benefits to the Parent--Seeing God's Hand
Susan Lyttek
9/4/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Savvy-er
Susan Lyttek
8/28/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Braver
Susan Lyttek
8/21/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Wiser
Susan Lyttek
8/14/2015

The Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Smarter
Susan Lyttek
8/7/2015

Benefits of Being a Homeschool Parent (Intro)
Susan Lyttek
7/31/2015

Lessons from my Great Aunt Ansie
Susan Lyttek
7/24/2015

Virginia Writers Conference
Susan Lyttek
7/14/2015

Relearning Fitness (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek
7/10/2015

Some Truth About Independence Day
Susan Lyttek
7/3/2015

Relearning Fitness (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek
6/26/2015

Under the Sun
Susan Lyttek
6/19/2015

A Lesson I Keep Needing to Re-Learn
Susan Lyttek
6/13/2015

Times of Transition
Susan Lyttek
6/6/2015

Blog Ideas
Susan Lyttek
5/30/2015

Mercs Next Door, Part 2
Susan Lyttek
5/23/2015

Mercs Next Door, Part 1
Susan Lyttek
5/15/2015

Getting to Mom
Susan Lyttek
5/9/2015

To Blog or Not to Blog
Susan Lyttek
5/2/2015

Driving Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/25/2015

Gaming Education
Susan Lyttek
4/18/2015

Fast Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/11/2015

Resurrection Thoughts
Susan Lyttek
4/4/2015

Power of the Coupon
Susan Lyttek
3/28/2015

Spring Planting
Susan Lyttek
3/21/2015

Showing My Age
Susan Lyttek
3/14/2015

Teaching Women
Susan Lyttek
3/7/2015

Beware the Ides of... February
Susan Lyttek
2/28/2015

Honoring a President in Fiction
Susan Lyttek
2/21/2015

Gratitude Lessons
Susan Lyttek
2/14/2015

The Pros and Cons of Research
Susan Lyttek
2/6/2015

Off the Hamster Wheel... Part 3
Susan Lyttek
1/30/2015

Off the Hamster Wheel... Part 2
Susan Lyttek
1/24/2015

The Homeschool Hamster Wheel
Susan Lyttek
1/16/2015

Etiquette Education
Susan Lyttek
1/9/2015

Ready Stance
Susan Lyttek
1/2/2015

Our Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek
12/26/2014

Sharing Christmas, Part Two
Susan Lyttek
12/19/2014

Sharing Christmas
Susan Lyttek
12/12/2014

Swedish Christmas Education
Susan Lyttek
12/5/2014

The Worry/Grumble Antidote
Susan Lyttek
11/28/2014

Milestone Days
Susan Lyttek
11/21/2014

Volunteer Education--via Operation Christmas Child
Susan Lyttek
11/14/2014

Veteran Education
Susan Lyttek
11/7/2014

Reformation Education
Susan Lyttek
10/31/2014

The Reluctant Vegetarian
Susan Lyttek
10/24/2014

What I Didn't, Couldn't Teach
Susan Lyttek
10/17/2014

Learning to Stand
Susan Lyttek
10/10/2014

Christian Work Ethic
Susan Lyttek
10/3/2014

Animal Education
Susan Lyttek
9/26/2014

Changing the Love of Learning
Susan Lyttek
9/19/2014

Blog Block
Susan Lyttek
9/12/2014

Educating Mom
Susan Lyttek
9/5/2014

The Debate
Susan Lyttek
8/29/2014

Interview with Jane, a non-homeschooling friend
Susan Lyttek
8/22/2014

The Homeschool Rebel
Susan Lyttek
8/15/2014

Other Countries, Other Peoples
Susan Lyttek
8/8/2014

George Washington Lessons
Susan Lyttek
8/1/2014

Interview with Heather Day Gilbert
Susan Lyttek
7/25/2014

A Creation Education
Susan Lyttek
7/18/2014

The Blessing of the Church
Susan Lyttek
7/11/2014

Free to Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
7/4/2014

The Best Thing
Susan Lyttek
6/27/2014

School Lite
Susan Lyttek
6/20/2014

Homeschooling Poetry
Susan Lyttek
6/13/2014

Homeschool Preschool
Susan Lyttek
6/6/2014

AWANAcation (or Awana Education)
Susan Lyttek
5/30/2014

Drowning in the Ideal Schedule
Susan Lyttek
5/23/2014

Penpal Encouragement: An Interview with Sandi
Susan Lyttek
5/16/2014

Unexpected Education
Susan Lyttek
5/9/2014

When Is a Homeschool Mom NOT a Homeschool Mom?
Susan Lyttek
5/2/2014

Relax, It's Just Writing
Susan Lyttek
4/25/2014

Purpose Driven Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
4/18/2014

The Heart of the Music
Susan Lyttek
4/11/2014

Music Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/4/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek
3/28/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek
3/21/2014

Glimmers of Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
3/14/2014

Failed Days
Susan Lyttek
3/7/2014

Other Side of the Homeschool Table...Leanne Hanson
Susan Lyttek
2/28/2014

Fairy Tale Theology
Susan Lyttek
2/21/2014

Things I Love about Life and Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
2/14/2014

Limitless Creativity by Bonnie Rose Hudson
Susan Lyttek
2/7/2014

Weaving Christ into Math
Susan Lyttek
1/31/2014

Paula Mowery Interview
Susan Lyttek
1/24/2014

Historic Field Trips
Susan Lyttek
1/17/2014

Snow Days... Homeschool Style
Susan Lyttek
1/10/2014

Homeschooled Mom Resolutions
Susan Lyttek
1/3/2014

Off Schedule
Susan Lyttek
12/27/2013

Teaching Christmas
Susan Lyttek
12/20/2013

The (Writerly) Benefits of Learning Together
Susan Lyttek
12/13/2013

Homeschooling reinforced that I am not perfect
Susan Lyttek
12/6/2013

And they said homeschooling would be easy...
Susan Lyttek
11/29/2013