Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. — Romans 5:3-4
For the past several years, I have flown several times a week, most of the year. And I would love to say every flight is an easy trip. But you and I both know — especially if you fly a lot, too — that your schedule is subject to all kinds of potential interference. Whether it’s long lines going through security, weather delays, chasing down lost luggage, waiting on maintenance to repair a plane, or the flight crew arriving late, anything can happen.
Through all the unexpected delays I’ve experienced — including spending the night on the floor of an airport — I’ve learned patience and perseverance. Neither of these qualities is my strong point, but God is always faithful to use our circumstances to strengthen the areas where we are weak. He is so faithful to use whatever is at hand to grow us, to keep us on course, and to get us to our destiny. And if we get off course, He’s faithful to help us make an adjustment and get headed in the right direction again.
As you walk through today, let any divine delays strengthen you. Let them challenge your thinking and mature you. Let them keep you on the right course to reach your destiny.
God, I know that You orchestrate my path, and You’re there in delays and schedule upsets. Please grow me and stay with me as I stay flexible this season.
Excerpted with permission from Unshakeable by Christine Caine, copyright Christine Caine.
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Maybe you’re not a fan of delays either. Maybe waiting isn’t your strong suit. Maybe getting sidetracked or sidelined makes you feel a little bit nuts. What might God be doing in your situation for your good? Let’s try being more flexible and positive today and see what He does! Come share the conversation on our blog. We want to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily
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