MASSIVE OCEAN TRAFFIC JAM FINALLY FREED

MASSIVE OCEAN TRAFFIC JAM FINALLY FREED

A boy watches tugboats trying to free the ship on Friday

EGYPT:

WHAT’S GOING ON?

Last Tuesday, a massive cargo ship got stuck in Egypt’s Suez Canal, halting ocean traffic for almost a week.

Tugboats try to free the ship on Sunday

The cargo ship was knocked off course by a sandstorm and strong winds, which caused low visibility and poor navigation, said the Suez Canal authority.

An excavator removes sand and mud from the bow of the ship

This frustrating event had drawn global attention, since around 12% of worldwide trade goes through the canal. The blockage held up $9 billion a day in global trade, which was already burdened by the pandemic.

The head of the Suez Canal Authority watches the Ever Given from another vessel on Thursday

The canal is also an important corridor between Europe and Asia that helps speed up trade and shorten voyages.

Now, the ship has finally been fully dislodged and refloated.

People watching the Every Given newly refloated on Monday

This major blockage is expected to soon affect the world economy. Europe and Asia are in line to be most affected, with the impact on the United States being less direct.

SPIRITUAL ANALYSIS:

Shalom, brothers and sisters. God bless you… and welcome back to my blog!

For many of you, I’m sure that today’s topic jogged sweet memories of an old world-geography course you took when you were younger. For me, I remember learning about it in middle school. Yet it never crossed my mind that my prior knowledge of it would become useful for the headlining articles of today.

Last week, the ship blocked so much international trade that was supposed to pass through the canal. As a result, multitudes of goods were prevented from getting to where they needed to be. Yet just like international goods were delayed in arriving on time, perhaps there are areas of your life that appear delayed. Maybe that degree isn’t coming as fast as you thought it would. Perhaps it’s taking you longer than you thought for that green card, those finances, or fruit of the womb to come through.

Whatever that situation in your life may be, Child of God, there’s something that I need you to know. In the kingdom of God, delay is not denial! Our God is a God that is not confined to the restraints of time. What may seem delayed in our eyes is not troublesome to him at all. What may take 10, 15, even 20+ years in our own power can take God a tiny fraction of that time. The Bible tells us that “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness” (2 Pet 3:9 NIV). His timing is perfect, and incomparably better than our own!

Another very well-known verse in the book of Habakkuk speaks so profoundly about delay. It reads, “For the revelation awaits an appointed time… though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (Hab 2:3). Did you hear that? The Bible says though it lingers, wait for it! It will certainly come and will not delay! There is a blessing in waiting on God. Waiting is not hopeless. It is believing that God will surely do what he says he will do, despite what things look like around you.

Are there any “blockages” in your life? Don’t lose heart! Though things may tarry for a moment, God will surely do what he promises. He’s a man of his word!

Homework: Detect what areas of your life may be experiencing delay. Pray for that delay to be removed, and for the power of Jesus Christ to activate your life, accelerating you to where you should be! Meditate on Habakkuk 2:3 to boost your faith!

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