I lay in wait for my nieces, willing for them to come into their room so I could scare them real good. I waited and waited in the dark room as they kept saying goodnight over and over again to their mum and my other sister. They always look for one more thing to keep them from going to bed every night, and it was no different this night.

Something always came up to keep them away for an extra minute and then another and another. Their very own, special, foolproof delay tactic. I began to feel stupid with myself in the dark room, like seriously? How silly can a human be? Posed behind the door to frighten two little girls in a dark room... and my victims were no where in sight.

As I stood waiting, I got thinking... (after all it's a sad life being silly without thinking)
Sometimes we plan on going somewhere, but something keeps holding us back, we may be frustrated at the obstacles, and whine about it, oblivious to the fact that there's some evil that was waiting for us, waiting for it's perfect moment to move in on us, tempt us beyond reason or harm us…. And the holy spirit or as most will put it, "something told me to wait a few minutes/take the next bus/use the longer route/ignore his call"…. And he waits and waits and waits for us to walk right into his grand scheme of stealing and destroying us, but we just don’t…. we’ve won a battle we didn’t even know existed.
"Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8 Learn to discern and listen to the voice of God deep within you, " that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes." 2 Corinthians 2:11

He’s probably waiting for you on the Internet, maybe that's the reason your system has been down for a minute, or that BBQ, or that email you haven't replied, that route you were to take but got delayed in some major traffic that got you all hot and bothered… Or that juicy contract that got cancelled at the last minute, just somewhere, but somehow you never show up... and he gets up and leaves just like I almost did. You never know what danger or temptation was lying in that moment you were stalled from stepping into.

But I'm smarter than the devil... I waited one more minute.

Good news is I succeeded in scaring the girls :)

I got to learn stuff from God as I lay in wait, the devil isn’t as patient as I am, he would already be off planning another downfall for his prey when we listen to the voice that makes us do strange things like stop and have an ice cream before heading home, only to realize that if you didn't, you'd have been right smack in the middle of a robbery. Thank God for His grace and protection that keeps us from harm, even in those moments we are clueless about.


  1. Great stuff...thanks for sharing this post!

  2. Lol @ "Good news is I succeeded in scaring the girls :)"

    He sure teaches us lessons in the most unlikely situations.

    Thanks for sharing

  3. Thank God for the disappoints that were victory in disguise

  4. Even when i don't understand God, i know His plans for me are of good :)

  5. Beautiful for situation... God rawks!

  6. *chuckles*...remarkable allusion..
    May we learn to be sensitive to His prodding and urging as He orchestrates all things to work for our good.

    Thank you for sharing this unusual yet insightful message.



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