Trust in Perfect Timing

“I want it, and I want it now!” Ever wonder why you can’t get that elusive thing to appear or that desired outcome to happen? The universe is a mysterious and multi-layered place. We put in effort to create a result, but what about the timing?

Consider roses. They grow in their own timing. Some roses bloom sooner than others. Those that bloom later, if forced open, end up with torn petals and broken stems. They can’t bloom into their perfect beauty.

The same for things happen in life.

Photo by Debra Moffitt
Photo by Debra Moffitt

There seems to be an order in the universe, in the movement of the stars and the turning of the earth and the changing of the seasons, and even in the cycle of human life. The cicadas know it. They go through a thirteen year slumber, then emerge and gather in large numbers, hum, mate and die. Throughout a number of Southeastern and Midwest states, they periodically make a brief appearance. Cicadas with red bug eyes and heavy bodies hum in a droning “Om” from the trees. The sound can be deafening. They live their brief lives in a communal chorus of bug song.

I remember them when then appeared one summer when I was in high school. Their shells stuck to tree trunks as they metamorphosed out of their crawly bug phase into the winged, singing creatures that fly around in trees hunting for mates. According to studies they are so well timed that it’s very rare to find any of the thirteen year variety showing up outside of their cycle. If anyone arrives too early or too late, they’ll miss the party. It’s as if Mother Nature has sent out an invitation to all of them and then all know to arrive on time as a way to fulfill their life purpose – and they don’t even have to try. They just know when to emerge.

In life, if we listen deep and trust, this is the way things come together for us too. When I look back at all that I’ve wanted and worked towards, my impatience often left me feeling irritated and wishing that success or money or a mate had come sooner. But any moment sooner would not have been the right time. When the effort is made (and sometimes even if it’s not) things arrive in the appropriate timing. Even the events that have been most painful, like losing a job, a mate and health, have all happened at times and in ways to tell me, “Pay attention. It’s time to grow.”

Do the cicadas speak to you from the wisdom of their waiting? What cycles do you notice in your life?

Bio: Debra Moffitt is author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2011) and “Garden of Bliss.” Visit her at:


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