“Do not rely on planning every event of your life–even every important event. Stand ready to accept the Lord’s planning and the agency of others in matters that inevitably affect you. Plan, of course, but fix your planning on personal commitments that will carry you through no matter what happens. Anchor your life to eternal principles, and act upon those principles whatever the circumstances and whatever the actions of others. Then you can await the Lord’s timing and be sure of the outcome in eternity.
The most important principle of timing is to take the long view. Mortality is just a small slice of eternity, but how we conduct ourselves here–what we become by our actions and desires, confirmed by our covenants and the ordinances administered to us by proper authority–will shape our destiny for all eternity. “
Timing by Elder Dallin H. Oaks at a BYU devotional January 29, 2002