Divine Delays

Did you know that hockey is responsible for the invention of the airplane. . . really. Wilbur Wright was hit in the face with a hockey puck, lost some teeth, and needed many months to recover. This caused him to abandon his plans to attend Yale and allowed him to become a partner in his brother’s business.

Prison is responsible for almost 1/3rd of the New Testament. Luke was a traveling companion of Paul, and it wasn’t until Paul was in prison that Luke used his time to write Luke-Acts, which makes up a large portion of the New Testament.

All of us imagine what our futures hold 5, 10, 15 years down the road, and in that plan we note that actions that need to happen, but not the rest and delays that need to happen. Without a hockey accident forcing Wilbur Wright to rest which lead to him studying, he would have missed out on creating one of the most important inventions of all time. Without Paul being in prison, Luke would have never written the gospel of Luke or Acts.

We can view delays as an interruption to our plans, or as a divine delay to align us with God’s plans.

God used delays all throughout history to do His will. Abraham was delayed 90 years before having children, Noah was delayed 120 years before building the ark, Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years before they entered the promise land.

God is sovereign in ordering your footsteps, but God is also sovereign in ordering your rest. Trust God in seasons of rest and prepare for when He calls you to action.