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 Saturday morning to meet the guys (my husband and son in-law) at the lake to spend the day swimming, boating, and enjoying the warm, summer day. In spite of our best efforts, though, we kept getting delayed; putting us nearly thirty minutes behind schedule.

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.

By the time we were finally backing the car out of the garage my daughter was frustrated and annoyed. That’s because she is a planner and likes predictability. I, on the other hand, see these things as God’s way of slowing us down to make sure we are where we need to be when HE wants us to be there. I reminded her of this, to which she smiled and said, “I know, I just….”

Thirty minutes later, we came upon a bad car accident in which two people died. And 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.

Do it: Make a list of the ways God’s timing versus your timing has been a blessing in your life.