- By Sungeeta Jain
- Published 11/17/2009
Twenty-nine year old Sungeeta Jain was born and raised in the United States of America. Born into a Jain family, Sungeeta did not know the Lord until 1990, when her entire family converted to Christianity. Prior to the family's conversion, on June 14, 1986, Sungeeta and her family were in a devastating car accident that left Sungeeta confined to a wheelchair. At the age of ten, Sungeeta had to relearn how to live her life, from putting on her socks, to moving about using a wheelchair. At the same time, she learned how to believe in herself and trust God. Determined not to let her disability hinder her, Sungeeta graduated from a top engineering college in the US with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. She also went on to get a juris doctorate degree in Law. Out of college she worked as an advisor to two high court judges. She is currently working as an associate in the premier law firm in the the United States. Among the many blessings of God in her life, Sungeeta won the title of Miss Teen of Washington in 1993, becoming the first person in the world in a wheelchair. She was also third runner up in the Miss Teen of America Pageant. Over the years Sungeeta, a Jain Christian has had the privilege of sharing her testimony and about how God has touched her with school children, political figures, churches, hospitals, youth groups and community groups both in India and the United States. God has powerfully moved at all gatherings, healing the sick, delivering the oppressed and filling His people with the baptism and power of the Holy Spirit.
Seeing the traffic jam, I was immediately reminded of a situation exactly one year earlier when we had been stuck in traffic for over 3 hours. This is the festive season (Durga Puja, in particular), and due to various community prayers, the roads get blocked. And it appeared that that was what was happening on this particular day, and unfortunately the jam started much further back on the road than it had the previous year. I felt my heart sink at the thought of being stuck in traffic for 3 hours!
Just then, one of the guys we were giving a ride to said, ”There is a cut in the road, right up there. We can take a different route.” We were able to take that cut in the road and a different route and arrived home without much delay. Praise God!
If the traffic jam had not started where it did, we would have passed the cut and there wasn’t another cut for miles. We would not have been able to take an alternate route and would have been stuck in traffic for hours. But God orchestrated everything perfectly.
Sometimes we want God to work in a certain way…and according to a certain timetable. We get frustrated when things don’t happen when we want them to happen. But we have to remember that God’s timing is the best timing. Only He knows all that has happened in the past and all that is going to happen in the future. Thus, only He truly knows when is the perfect timing for something to happen.
Perhaps you are working towards a goal, but things keep getting delayed. Do not fret. Put your timeline in His hands. He will make all things beautiful in His time. See Ecclesiastes 3:11.