The Surprise In Your Delay + Who Caused It
This weeks podcast episode was all about the construction zones of life and the lessons we can learn from them. The episode even had natural sounds of construction, since there was a crew of men on my roof putting on solar. (True story)
But this past Monday, as I went on our routine grocery store errand, (an hour away from home) I got stopped by FOUR construction sites.
Yes, four. The delay signs, detour signs, and be prepared to stop signs were EVERYWHERE. I have never seen so many in one day!
By the time we made it to Costco, and I saw the orange tape, dust, and dozers, I literally laughed out loud. And then we took a selfie outside of the construction zone for another giggle. (picture below)
What was God trying to show me or tell me?
As I spoke to Him and myself, I came to this conclusion:
I was blaming the delays in my life on God and “His timing” and in reality it was me who was willingly strapping on the neon-orange vest and tightening the bright yellow hard hat.
This revelation surprised me. I was the one causing the delay? Unfortunately, yes.
I knew God was right and I was thankful (no matter how painful the download) that He showed me my mistakes.
It’s easy to “let go and let God” when it comes to hard tasks. We just “give it to God” and wait for things to happen. But that’s not how it works. We, yes you and I, need to put action behind the faith we have in God.
Yes, He is the Author and Finisher, but it’s up to us to be willing to be used and not just couch potatoes waiting for a miracle to happen.
The signs were very clear on Monday. And they pointed to my own construction zone creations.
I have created the stops and delays to completing my book. You know, the one I always talk about? The unfinished product sits in my Google docs and I even printed out physical copies that sit in a pretty floral binder in my office.
I’ve created the flashing lights for the detours and dust storms. Not God. He is patiently waiting for me to put all the tools away and finally just get back on the road.
Yes, God can place construction zones to build our character and to better our understanding and journey- but we can easily delay ourselves too.
So today, in the construction zone/delay/detour/stop you are in, ask yourself this:
Is this construction zone from God, or did I place this zone here?
You’ll know the answer. And after you do, you can either stay there or move on through.
(I vote move on through) 🚧
Ps. I didn’t allow this revelation of my own delay keep me from taking action to remove the orange vest. I dusted off my floral
binder and I put work in this week.
There was NO WAY God could show me that and I stay stuck. I couldn’t do that to Him. I showed Him my gratitude with action.
To listen to this weeks Brave Babes Podacst episode, click phone below ☺️