Thursday, March 1, 2012
The other day as we were about to park the van for church, we were stopped by a friend. 'Don't go in there, a skunk has been in there,' they said. Thankful for the warning and that we gathered for church in the fellowship hall instead.
It's a lot easier to be understanding, patient, and grateful when we know 'why'. That's often not the case but that doesn't mean there isn't a reason for it. For the most part, we go about our lives as blind mice. We can't see what's ahead but God does. Delays can be a blessing.
I think about the time my cat, Georgie, was very sick. We had done all we could for her as far as medicine would do. We went to church and then to a missions meeting afterwards. It seemed to take longer than normal and I was not happy about being delayed so long. I wanted to get home to check on her. When we got home, we could tell she had died just shortly before. As much as I wished to have been there for her, God spared me of seeing her suffer. I am grateful because He knew there was nothing I could do.
From intouch.org........''In the Christian life, learning to wait is vitally important because until you do, you'll never be able to walk in obedience to God, have an effective prayer life, or experience the peace of resting in His loving sovereignty. We must learn to trust His judgment--about not just the big events in our lives, but also the trivial ones which cause us to become irritated, impatient, or even angry. If we're sensitive to His instruction, each delay has a lesson.''
Delays show us we are not in control, but Who is.