Saturday, November 20, 2010

Delay

In our fast-paced world delay, due mainly to external pressures, is unfortunately a very common nemesis. It requires of us patience, for ‘time’ (or the stretches of time we’d prefer to have) we do not ordinarily have.

But delay is teaching us something about life.

Not everything can be controlled.

Indeed, hardly anything—so far as externalities are concerned—can be controlled in ways that are available to us.

Delay, then, is an inevitability. It is happening to everyone continually. How we manage and respond to this inevitability is our key to both contentment and success.

How we accept and are even possibly thankful for delay has a huge bearing on how we’ll interact with life consequently.

Our lives don’t need to be frustrated, messy, rushed—a blur. We live them like this because we choose to or we see no other option to.

Seeing the delay, knowing it’s from God—a message sent from him to us to slow down—we can be thankful.

Yes, we can. And it is wise to do so, surrendering to circumstances and the hands of time.

© 2010 S. J. Wickham.

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