I received a notification that my book 📕 order for “Navigating the “Impossible”: A Survival Guide for Single Moms from Pregnancy Through the First Year of Motherhood” was delayed and then a day or 2 later another notification saying that if I didn’t receive the books by a certain day I can cancel the order. I started to worry thinking about how long it’s been since I placed the order and how I would need to communicate with the people who pre-ordered that their books were going to be delayed. Ultimately, I had the power to decide how to respond when it appeared the books would be delayed.
However, I did something interesting. After a couple of days of worrying, I realized I needed to do something different. Therefore, when I found myself beginning to worry I decided to pray and ask the Lord to remove the obstacles causing the delay and for the books to arrive as scheduled. Instead of worrying, I went to the Lord.
A couple of days later, which was now a little over a day before the “if it hasn’t arrived then cancel date”, I went back and checked the tracking for an update. That’s when I noticed something I hadn’t noticed before – another tracking link. This allowed me to track the package in more detail than I previously thought was available. It turns out what I was looking at was a summary and not a detailed view of the package’s progress.
That’s when I realized that when I was worrying, things were happening behind the scenes that I had no idea was happening. It turned out the package wasn’t lost. It wasn’t just stagnant. It had been moving from city to city the entire time and by the time I discovered the link the package was actually in my city at the post office which means it was positioned to be delivered that next day. When I checked the tracking the following morning I had an estimated time of delivery which is a full day before the “if it hadn’t arrived yet” deadline.
It turns out I didn’t need to try to figure out what I was going to say to the people who pre-ordered. I didn’t need to track the package multiple times a day. I didn’t need to worry about replacement orders. I could rest.
This taught me that worrying is pointless and that what I thought was delayed actually wasn’t. There are so many things that are going on behind the scenes that if you begin to worry you can potentially miss a move of God. This taught me the truth of Habakkuk 2:2 “if it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”
I share this because if you’re in a season where it seems like God’s promises aren’t happening, things seem like a struggle, or things make no sense, although it can be tempting to worry, resist the urge. However, don’t resist worry in your own strength, because most likely it won’t be possible. Ask the Lord to help you to not worry.
Just because we don’t see what’s happening doesn’t mean there is no movement. No one knows what is happening behind the scenes and what I’ve come to learn is that the in between time is preparation time. The preparation time is essential to where God is growing you, creating deeper roots in Him for so you can be properly rooted in the Lord, and moving you for the work that He has for you to help build up the kingdom of God.
Therefore, wait patiently with prayer and thanksgiving while doing what is in your control. Trust knowing that whatever promises God has for you will happen. Don’t lose hope or faith.
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Aisha Taylor is a single mom of twins, personal financial coach, work from home entrepreneur, and author of “Navigating the ‘Impossible’: A Survival Guide for Single Moms from Pregnancy Through the First Year of Motherhood.” Aisha has been featured in ESSENCE, Jet Magazine, and Black Enterprise. She is also the Founder of FNPhenomenal (Frugal –n- Phenomenal), a movement designed to equip single moms develop the strategy to live whole, financially free, and rooted in Jesus Christ.