I graduated from high school (secondary school in some countries of the world) in June 1994. When the result came out, I passed all the important subjects except English Language; though I later gained admission to College (Higher Institution) in December, 1996. It’s very conspicuous that my “waiting period” before gaining admission was one and half years. I called it “Waiting Period” instead of “delay.” I don’t see it as a delay!
Instead of brooding over it, I think of positive thing to do before re-enrolling for the exam: I went to work in poultry and also in a Block moulding company. Thereafter, my admission came. It was during this period I developed interest in studying Civil Engineering and a passion in the business of livestock farming.
What are the lessons from this true life story about delay?
- Delay is never a denial. You have to possess a different mentality and see delay as waiting period.
- Take action. Delay is a waiting period, but you don’t need to be expectant without doing something. You need to undertake some productive adventure while you are waiting for that thing to come to pass.
- Make sure you are taking right steps towards your targeted desire. In my own case, as I was working, I was preparing for my exams at the same time.
- Never lose hope. No matter how long the waiting period is, stay strong and believe that you are going to attain your desire end.
- There would always be a waiting period at every stage of life.
There was another happening related to this matter that I need to share, especially to validate the last point above: that at every new stage in life, there would always be a waiting period.
I’d taken a decision that I was going to get married at 26 years of age. Here came another waiting period of 5 years before it could come to pass. As I was waiting for the right person, I was working and saving at the same time for the marriage. To cut the story short, the marriage came to pass at last.
As if there would never be a delay again, another one showed up. We’d seen couples that immediately after 9 months of marriage; they would deliver their first baby. But in our own case, about the time our first baby is to be delivered, that is when my spouse conceived. If it is not by prayers, who knows? People would have tagged us “barren.”
Every one of us was not created to suffer, we were not created to be jobless, and we were not created to remain “single” forever. The phenomenon we refer to as “delay” as human is not, but a waiting period in the God’s eyes, and we too have to see it as such. However, God would bring everything to be at its own time; meanwhile we should not relent in taking steps to fulfill our own part of the deal.
“But the God of all grace, who has called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, (and) settle you.” – 1 Peter 5:10
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© 2019, Peter F. Adewumi