Chapter 10-Delay By Design
“I believe God’s delay is by His own design. He knows exactly when you will be ready for His specific purpose. Let’s say you wanted to make a delicious cherry pie. You get a recipe and gather all the ingredients. You decide to even make the crust yourself so you roll it all out. You go to the best local farmer’s market and find the most beautiful, perfectly ripe cherries. (Bing cherries from British Columbia if you live near me!) Next, you measure out all the ingredients perfectly. Finally, it’s all put together and you can almost taste it. As it’s cooking in the oven, the heavenly aromas fill the house. The recipe tells you to bake it for about 45 minutes but you just can’t wait that long. After just 10 minutes, you begin to imagine what it will look like on your plate with some vanilla ice cream so you decide to just take it out early, slop it on your plate, and dig in. It’s not going to taste right is it? Even though you do all that work and go through all that trouble to prepare it perfectly, if you take it out of the oven before it’s time, the pie will not taste right. It will not come out the way you’ve imagined it. It may look right but it won’t taste right. Since it was used before it’s designated time, it did not live up to it’s potential. We are all like cherry pies in God’s oven. God knows how He put your life together and only He knows exactly when you are ready for His purpose. We may never know all His reasons but we owe it to Him to let the journey play out. Trust Him enough to believe His promises for you no matter how long it takes…no matter how tough it may get!”
Although I am becoming impatient that this book is not published, I must be ever mindful of God’s timing.