Cover 2018-05-20

Ron Writes

Annoying Delays

There’s a delay on the retaining wall near the basement door. As we were preparing the ground, we came across a gas line that wasn’t properly buried. The gas company has responded quickly, but it has still caused a delay. We’re still not sure how the gas company plans to fix the problem.

I had to remove a tree that was lifting up my sidewalk. The old sidewalk was removed, the tree cut down, but there’s a delay. While they were grinding out the stump and roots, the machine broke down. Now they need to come back with another machine on another day. Also, the concrete contractor needs to be rescheduled along with the city inspector.

After a long delay at the airport gate while waiting to depart, the Captain finally came on the PA system and announced, “I’m sorry for the delay, but the machine that smashes your baggage and pulls the handles off is broken, so the ground crew is having to do it by hand.”

Delay often seems more serious. It’s annoying when your shoulder still hurts 5 months after surgery. Or if you have to miss several days of work for illness.

When our plans fall apart and there seems no remedy, how do we respond to frustration and delay? Few things in our fallen world seem to go along as planned. Part of our frustration is thinking that we can still control everything ourselves.

What are we to do?

  1. Expect delays. Part of Murphy’s law is that things always take longer and cost more than first planned.
  2. As someone said, “don’t sweat the small stuff – it’s all small stuff.” You’re not going to change anything by getting frustrated, angry or discouraged.
  3. Be patient. It is one aspect of the fruit of the spirit. When I figure out how to do this, I’ll write more about it..
  4. Trust in God. These seem like needless delays with no purpose, but God can use them to grow us. When I don’t respond with peace of mind, but instead worry - it’s just another proof that I need to trust God more, especially with the things I cannot change.