God is Soverign over Delays

To continue the In Touch Series, I want to write on waiting, not only for our major requests, but what God’s teaching me on waiting in the small delays too. I’ve covered a few other posts from this series. This one is from Proverbs 16:9 – In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. 

I realized during reading this devotional that waiting on God doesn’t just apply to seeking guidance from Him for big things, ie. waiting on our current answer to prayer for children, but it applies to all the small delays as well. Ultimately, God is the one who controls every inconvenience and delay. Every traffic light, checkout line, plane mechanical issue, etc.

He is sovereign over everything, even our time and schedules. He is more interested in developing character than He is in making sure our schedules run according to plans. It’s during even the small delays that He teaches us obedience, patience, faith, an effective prayer life, and peace all while we rest in His sovereignty.

So what would it look like if we trusted Him, not just in the big events, but in the little events too? This has been on my mind a lot lately, for two reasons. I will admit I’m not good at waiting. I was just telling my married small group the other night that I feel like God has recently made me aware that how I react to inconvenient situations isn’t very Christ like. Especially waiting. I feel as though God’s letting me know that if I can’t manage delays and often lose my temper, then how will I react in similar situations and be an example when we have kids? I have no doubt it is during this time that He is making me realize I need to change my perspective and attitude, all to prep me to be a better mother down the road.

Also, I feel as though I trust Him in the big things (healing us and having a baby), but sometimes get so fearful in the little things. Lately, it has been elevators. Yes, sounds silly. But, sure enough I’m afraid of getting stuck in an elevator. A week after I told a friend this, guess what happened? I got stuck (twice in one day) in an elevator. It was during that moment that I was able to realize that no matter what, God was with me and would take care of me. There are so many other little fears that creep up so easily, fears of Colby being gone and something happening, him getting hurt, etc. But, shouldn’t I trust God that He will take care of not only the big situations, but the little ones too?

I hope, and pray, I can remember that during unexpected delays, even if it’s as silly as a delayed flight or traffic light, that they come as no surprise to God. He is sovereign over our lives, every delay and every inconvenience and I hope through these situations I learn to become more patient and trust Him more.

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  • Lisa
    Posted at 14:02h, 21 October Reply

    Hi from ICLW (#27)! I am so glad that I found your blog. I also come from a strong faith that God will heal our hearts and will find answers for our empty family. It is so great to read about someone else who has those beliefs. It makes it a tad easier to deal with on a day to day basis with Him on our side. I look forward to following you and your journey!

  • rsativus
    Posted at 16:22h, 21 October Reply

    Hi from ICLW! I can totally relate to this. I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s not much difference at all between the big things and the little things. The scale may be larger, but we have the same emotions to deal with, whether it’s over in five minutes or five years.

  • erika
    Posted at 17:11h, 21 October Reply

    eautiful writing! coping with the constant waiting and being able to see the big picture behind it is not easy. Finding peace could be such a quest. I am wishing you the best on your journey!
    Happy ICLW #52

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 20:58h, 21 October Reply

    Found you through ICLW. Glad that you are finding some peace in your life.

  • Elaine
    Posted at 21:19h, 22 October Reply

    Patience is a life long journey, yes? I prayed for patience once, and it took me 5 years to get pregnant with Kade. I can tell you now, which you already know, that God is going to use your journey to strengthen so many areas of your life, both personally, professionally, and maternally. Fear is normal, and I can assure you that once you have a baby it is magnified 1000x. But as Christians, we also know that fear is from the enemy. So don’t allown any current fears distract you from the wonderful things that God is doing on your behalf. Whenever you hold your child for the first time (whether it be by birth, fostering, or adoption), you will finally see the completed circle that God was planning for you–and suddenly the pain and heartache will be a long lost memory. It will all be worth it-keep on praying, believing, and trusting God.

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