My son is two years old. Because he was born 2 months early at 22 weeks he is delayed in certain areas. I must quickly add in a praise because the areas that he is actually delayed in we were told we would NEVER even be able to do at all.
One of the areas is eating. It was reported by doctors that there was no way he would live, let alone ever be able to eat by mouth.
Today I stood patiently over him feeding him some mashed up lasagna. Now, at two years old he should be eating solid lasagna and be able to feed himself. It can sometimes take 1-2 hours for me to feed him 1 small potion of food. I was smiling watching him oh so slowly ( I MEAN SLOWLY) eat his food.
Suddenly God spoke to me and said, “ I delight in guiding you through your delays”. I asked what He meant. He said to me, “There are people out there who’ve had things happen to them beyond their control. With Seth early birth. Others abuse, bad parenting, devastating relationship choices, overlooked, misused, used, forgotten, ect. They are frustrated in their delays and even assume that I am put off, upset or moved by their delays. Just as you stand over Seth pleased that he is moving forward. I stand over you, giving you just what you need patiently delighting in your strides”.
Suddenly, I realized how much we beat ourselves up. Friends, for some of you, there is trauma there. Things…bad things…tough things have happened to you. God isn’t angry at you. He just wants you to get up and try again.
You see, Seth wasn’t given any chance to live. Now he’s eating. But eating VERY slowly. As his mom I’m not upset at him for eating slow! I’m simply overjoyed and pleased that he fought so hard to live! Some of you had hits put out on your life that could have literally killed you spiritually. But, you STILL believe. Those things didn’t destroy you, but they delayed you. Please do not get caught up in the delay.
Maybe every time you try to read the word you drift off or fall asleep. Maybe when you tried and swore you would control your anger this time, you went off again. Maybe you gave up premarital sex for good this time and messed up after a year of holding out. I don’t know what it is, but today I want you to understand God is pleased with your hunger to accept and follow His plan for your life.
1 Timothy 1:15-16
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His immense patience as an example for those who would believe in Him and receive eternal life.