Lately I’ve been listening to a bunch of American classical folk music that I used to perform when I was part of a touring music group back in the (gasp) 90’s. One of the songs on repeat in my playlist is one I’d learned from Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, called “You Can’t Hurry God” (listen to a sample of it here). The chorus, which I think is really awesome and want to share with you, goes:

You can’t hurry God, no, you just have to wait
You gotta trust him and give him time, child, no matter how long it takes
He’s a God you can’t hurry, but he’ll be there, don’t you worry
You know he may not come when you want him, but he’s right on time

I particularly like the last line: He may not come when you want him, but he’s right on time. Somehow that captures both a) my impatience when I have to wait on God, and b) God’s loving nature towards me by coming right on time.

Here’s an awesome performance of it by Mahalia Jackson: