Daily Bible Inspirations

Thirty Minutes Later

by Darla Noble

Therefore the LORD will wait, that he may be gracious to you; and therefore he will be exalted, that he may have mercy on you, for the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all those who wait for him.

Isaiah 30:18

My daughter, granddaughter, and I were getting ready to leave my house one morning to meet my husband and son in-law at the lake. We looked forward to swimming, boating, and enjoying the warm, summer day.

In spite of our best efforts, though, we kept getting delayed. Spilled juice, a necessary diaper change for the baby, misplaced car keys because of cleaning up the spilled juice, retrieving the sunscreen the baby took out of the bag and threw in the toy box all put us nearly thirty minutes behind schedule.

By the time we were finally backing the car out of the garage my daughter was frustrated and annoyed. She is a planner and likes predictability. I reminded her that these things are God’s way of slowing us down to make sure we are where we need to be when He wants us to be there.

Soon, we came upon a bad car accident in which two people died. According to the police on the news that night, the accident had happened just about the time my daughter, granddaughter, and I would have been at that crossroads, had we not been delayed.

God’s timing is perfect. We may not understand His reasons, but they are always for our good.


Dear God,
Please grant me patience as I wait on Your timing. I know You have a plan for me. Help me trust You completely as I struggle with short-sighted impatience. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.