It caught my attention on my way to work. That morning, I was deeply in thought about my sister, Abebi’s visa denial and how much my siblings and I have put into seeing her go to university abroad and the shock of the response to her application-Denied! I was sad and confused. I had no clue as to what to do next as she didn’t apply for JAMB.
I felt a nudge and I looked up. Nothing spectacular was going on. I was about looking away and pondering on the situation at hand when I saw the truck.’ Inscribed on it was “Delay is not a denial!” Initially, I thought, “what nonsense!” Then it was clear. The Holy Spirit has given me a message here. I looked at the truck as it snaked away and I felt a new hope. My faith was renewed. I felt rejuvenated and light hearted. I quickly sent an email to my siblings informing them of my experience. We were energised and set out to sort out the problems. A week later she was given the visa.
This happened some years back. As I thought of what to write as the year draws to an end, I saw the jotter where I wrote this encounter and I felt this is just apt to round up the year. Often time, we have expectations, want or needs that we take to God in prayers. However, for whatever reason, we do not receive from God at the time, we probably believe that God is wicked, unforgiving, selfish etc. Sometimes, we become sad, almost giving up hope.
The first assurance is that God is loving. He loves us so much that He will not give us what will harm us. Again, we may not be ripe emotionally, spiritually or matured enough to receive whatever it is without getting carried away. Above all, God wants His name to be glorified in all our situations and so, sometimes the delay. When we are over dependent on our strength, intellect, capabilities, friends, families or connections, we may also suffer from delays.
Are there things you have asked God for this year and haven’t been met, be assured that whatever it is, it’s not a denial but just a delay. At His time, God will make all things beautiful. One thing I am sure of is that God will all always be faithful to His words.
Happy 2012! Shalom