Daily Devotional: Wednesday, May 3 - Go For Launch

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” — Proverbs 3:5-6

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I live on Florida’s Space Coast and have made a hobby of watching rocket launches. Sometimes I drive to the shore to watch up close. Other times I watch from my balcony 50 miles away. I have even set my alarm for the middle of the night to catch a glimpse of a rocket lifting off into space.

With each launch comes a sense of anticipation. The smallest technical concern, weather concern or sensor abnormality will cause the liftoff to be scrubbed. In other words, it can be delayed even with only seconds left until ignition. Proceeding with the liftoff could be catastrophic. But once the rocket is “go for launch,” it is a thing of beauty.

Life is like that sometimes. We wait in anticipation for something we have prayed for or God has promised. We sense the answer is in sight and then we hear, “Hold, hold, hold.” God knows something is not quite right and moving forward could be disastrous. So we wait, and while we wait, He is at work behind the scenes in the details.

God may use this time to protect us from harm, to strengthen our faith, to align needed resources, to purify our motives, or to prepare us for what’s next. One thing is for sure: His timing, not ours, is perfect. We may not understand the reason for the delay, but we can trust God is at work on our behalf and for our good. His timing is worth waiting for.

— Karen Zando, Orlando Pride team chaplain

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