Sometimes in life we encounter delays and difficulties that disrupt the normal flow of things and interrupt our plans. Most of the time these are met by us with frustration and discontentment. How dare these intruders come unsought and unannounced into our lives and disturb our expectations? Perhaps at times these are nothing more than curveballs thrown by Satan to knock us off our pedestal of faith. However, what we may not realize is that they also may be blessings from the Lord. Right about now you may be wondering where on earth I’m going with this. Perhaps you’re expecting another what-doesn’t-kill-us-makes-us-stronger sermon. Not quite.
Angels and Could-Be’s
A relative of mine shared a story not too long ago of how an oil tanker slid off a nearby bridge and exploded onto the highway below. Miraculously the driver survived. What’s more, my relative was supposed to be traveling that highway the same day, but she’d been delayed by her husband’s doctor’s appointment. If it hadn’t been for that delay, she might have been caught right in the middle of the disaster.
Delays may seem frustrating and inconvenient at the time, but we never know if they’re orchestrated by God to prevent tragedies such as this from occurring. We can’t see the invisible world of angels and could-be’s, but we can know that God’s got it all in control. Next time we’re confronted with difficulties and delays that disrupt our everyday lives and our carefully laid plans, instead of praying for your plans to work out, try praying thy will be done—instead of becoming frustrated and frazzled, take a deep breath and a moment to consider that they may not be troubles after all…but blessings instead.
For those of you going through a period such as this right now and for those of you who will be in the future, here are a few comforting verses of scripture for you to contemplate.
“A man’s heart plans his course, but Yahweh directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are just. A God of faithfulness who does no wrong, just and right is he.” Deuteronomy 32:4
“As for God, his way is perfect. Yahweh’s word is tried. He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him. For who is God, except Yahweh? Who is a rock, besides our God, the God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect?” Psalm 18:30-32.
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28