"He may delay because it would not be safe to give us at once what we ask: we are not ready for it. To give ere we could truly receive, would be to destroy the very heart and hope of prayer, to cease to be our Father. The delay itself may work to bring us nearer to our help, to increase the desire, perfect the prayer, and ripen the receptive condition."- George Macdonald
Quite honestly, it isn't that big of a deal for us-although I do wish I had a stroller, since it's a long time to have Elijah on my back. It means a very late arrival into the city, but in the Lord's kindness, I flew out on Sunday instead of Monday this time so that Ben could take me to the airport without affecting his work schedule. So instead of being at the hospital early tomorrow morning, I'll have a day off to recover from travel.
I got to thinking about delays in general...how often they feel like interruptions and intrusions upon our plans. I love the above quote by George MacDonald. It is a reminder that even delays are a kindness of our Father. His delays are for our good. So, Elijah and I are getting to know LAX. He fell asleep and even though I was *hoping* he would sleep on the plane, it was so nice that I got to take a break and sit down for a bit.
Oh Lord, may I wait upon You and hope in Your Word. May I trust you to give, and to delay as You see fit.
Psalm 130:5-6 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.