Delays Are Not Always Bad

Delays Are Not Always Bad

It was the ninth inning of the seventh game. The score was tied. Before they could start the tenth inning, the rain picked up, causing one of those dreaded delays. You have got to be kidding, I thought. I was so tired and not sure how long I should stay up but I hated to miss the end of the final game when I’d watched every game thus far. Thankfully, the delay only lasted seventeen minutes and the Cubs ended up winning their first World Series since 1908. When interviewed afterward, several players stated that it was the delay that allowed them to refocus and get the energy needed to win the game.

Life is full of “rain” delays. You’re running along through life and, all of a sudden, something happens to bring you to a standstill. It’s easy to get impatient, knowing you have things to do, a race to win so to speak. But sometimes, in order to be more effective, we’ve got to accept those delays which will help us to refocus, reprioritize, etc. Only then will we have the strength to run harder.

It really comes down to trusting God. You may think you see the whole picture and know what you are supposed to be doing, but are you serving God or living life for yourself? This hits home to me right now, as this year has been one where I’ve had to ask myself these questions. You may make your plans but, if you are God’s child, He directs your steps (Proverbs 16:9). You need to allow Him to do so.

In spite of what culture would have us believe, delays are not always bad. God hears your prayers but sometimes He desires you to wait. Trust Him. Let Him carry your burden. Know that He will do whatever is best for you in order to make you more like Him. It’s easy to ask to be more like Jesus and yet not want to go through the process that will bring that to pass. Don’t resist Him.

Growth is painful at times and yet I don’t think there is one adult that truly wishes he or she was a child again (even if we may think that would be nice at times). It is necessary to go through these times to make us stronger than ever before. I’m sure you’ve had times where you can look back at the delays of life and thank the Lord for them. Maybe today would be a good time to start praising Him in the midst of the delay knowing that this too will produce a greater outcome.

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Sony Elise

Sony has been an avid southern gospel fan since she first heard The Happy Goodman Family on a cassette in the mid-1980s. She is the co-founder of Family Renewal and the owner of Sony Elise Editing Services.

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  1. scottysearan
    Reply November 06, 21:11 #1 scottysearan

    THankful of your words of encouragement.
    Sometimes we cause the delays and we don’t realize it.
    Then there are delays that we do understand.
    If there is a permissive will and a perfect wil, I want to be in the perfect will of God.
    Here is words to an old song: I WANT TO DO THY WILL OH LORD.

    The cross that you bear may be hard to carry
    The pain you feel so hard understand
    Bur every pain that you feel he died just to heal
    I want to do Thy will oh Lord

    He paid the price the sacrifice with his blood at calvary
    He stood alone in valence judgement hall
    He took the cross he paid the cost or my soul pack was lost
    I want to do Thy will o Lord I want to do Thy will oh Lord

    I want to do Thy will oh Lord
    Take me and break me hold me and make me
    I want to do Thy will o Lord I want to do Thy will oh Lord

  2. yankeegospelgirl
    Reply November 18, 19:18 #2 yankeegospelgirl

    Good reminder!

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