When you travel as much as I do, you’re bound to have days like I had yesterday. I left Mobile, AL early to get to New Orleans, LA for a noon flight. When it was time to board the plane, they said there was a short delay. Twenty minutes later, the incoming flight landed and deplaned. As soon as the announcer said we had to wait due to weather, the pilot walked up and said to let us board. Once we were on board, plans changed. The weather got bad again in Atlanta, GA where we were heading. We had a 45 minute delay on the plane now.

When the 45 minute delay was up, they came on and said it would be longer. People, like me, started to wonder about our connecting flights. The flight attendant got on the intercom and addressed our concerns. Not only were flights not being let into Atlanta, flights weren’t being let out either. So most of us should make our connections. When we finally got to Atlanta, the airport was crazy. Crowds of people were packed around each gate. People were frantically running. People were on their phones explaining to others what was happening. Above all, they were upset.

Aside from getting to my intended destination several hours later than I planned, there were no real hiccups. It looked like most of us were in the same boat. We were going to get to our destination, just not at the time we had hoped for or anticipated. I’ve learned (am learning!) not to get worked up when things don’t happen according to my time table. God is in control and this is a reminder of that.

If God had intended for me to get to my destination at the time I had planned and prepared for, He would have made a way. Who knows what all is going on behind the scenes that I can’t see? God could cause a delay to make sure I crossed paths with someone, open a door of communication to share His love with someone that wouldn’t have been there otherwise or to save a life from a disaster that could have occurred. The truth is, we may never know why we are delayed by traffic, weather or whatever so there’s no sense in getting upset and angry over something out of our control.

Delays aren’t a surprise to God. He knew when I got up yesterday what time I would arrive at my destination. The delay was built into His plan for my life. Getting upset and angry over it could put me on the opposite side of the argument from God. That’s not where I want to be. I’m sure that’s not where you want to be either. Learning to trust God through delays is something we all have room to improve on. Trusting Him when His answers are delayed takes even more faith.

How do you respond when you are delayed? Is there room for improvement? How do you react when the “deadline” passes and God hasn’t answered yet? Do you feel angry? Disappointed? Hurt? We may not understand now why we are delayed or why God delays in answering us, but we can trust in the fact that He is in control and we are not. He knows what is best for us even when we can’t see it. Trust Him through your delays and watch your faith grow. You’ll be a happier person because of it.


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2 responses to “Delayed

  1. Alonso Pedroza

    There has been times where I felt angry when things happen and I get some where late. I do not like breaking my word to others and getting somewhere late. I beat myself up, and I feel when I will explains things to others about why I am late they won’t believe me or they will see it as me just making up excuses/ lying and not telling the truth that I just cannot manage my time. I see others will look at it like that. I set back and asked myself why I see that in other people. Turns out because I do that very same thing to others. I use to just assume the person is lying to me about being late and just making up excuses. So since I do it, I believe others do it to me.
    All that has changed thanks to your story about Egypt and how you missing the bus saved your life. When I am being delayed I just sit back and pray and tell God, ” ok God, I’m being delayed for a reason. I am just thankful that I am ok and please let me arrive to my destination safely.”
    I realize getting mad about delayed wont do anything, but make the situation worse. God is in control and He knows why things happen.
    Like I’ve told you before, I’ve let go of the outcome, and that my friend has help me alot. After all I cannot control it so why stress over it. The outcome is up to God, He is in control of everything.

    • I agree that it’s difficult especially when others are relying on you to be on time. It’s easy to stress out and to get worked up, but like you said we can’t control the outcome. Let Him worry about the outcome and accept that stressing over it doesn’t make it better.

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