I believe the Lord is speaking comfort into disruptions, delays, and painful wait times.
He wants you to know that He is with you—in fact, right now, you are in a Divine appointment!

You may have experienced loss, but your God specializes in restoration. And He has a harvest for you.

The “Real Stuff”

Grapevines with text "God is turning your delay into a harvest"Sometimes, we find ourselves stuck in what seems to be an inconvenient delay.
And we can’t wait to get through it quickly—so we can get to the “real stuff” God wants us to do!
Yet all the while, our Father is saying,

“You are not only on the way to your destination. You are in My Divine appointment right now!
I am with you, and I am for you.”
This is what happened to the Apostle Paul.

The Bright Spot on the Horizon

Just as the book of Acts is drawing to a close, Paul’s situation seems to be going from bad to worse.
He is a prisoner of the Romans—and after a long delay, Paul is finally on the way to Rome for sentencing.

The bright spot on the horizon is that God has called Paul to Rome! And he is aware God is using this trial to get him there.

But then, violent winds blow up, and the boat becomes shipwrecked.
Now, the disaster has left them stranded on the island of Malta.

People are on God’s Heart

There are people that you are only going to touch because you landed somewhere you didn’t expect.

And in Acts 28:2, we read, “The islanders showed us unusual kindness.”
Here, there are 276 people who are cast up onto the island—Paul and Luke included.

Some of these are travelers, others are Roman prisoners and guards. And there’s a Centurion named Julius.

This is the love of our God—and this is the passion of our God. He loves the unlovely!

There’s a Harvest in Your Delay

Now, God is giving this motley group of travelers an opportunity to see His power at work.

But not only that, here are the local people, the islanders of Malta:

  • A small people group who are unreached
  • They haven’t heard the Gospel of Jesus

Who has God placed around you at this time?
Your Father has appointed a harvest, in the very place you have experienced a disruption!

A Breakout of Healing Power

There, in a dark place, Paul ministers healing.
For the first time, the islanders see the works of the Kingdom and learn about Jesus’ love and power.
We read in verse 8:
“And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him. So when this was done, the rest of those on the island who had diseases also came and were healed.”

And so begins a breakout of the healing power of Jesus.
Right now, a healing awakening is on God’s agenda for our own generation.

The Journey was Significant

One day, my husband Malcolm and I watched a documentary chronicling the life and journey of the Apostle Paul.
And it astonished me when the commentator only made a passing reference to Paul’s stay in Malta.

  • Yet, this journey was of such significance that the Holy Spirit had Luke—who was the writer of Acts—dedicate two chapters to this event!

So, why did God allow the disaster and detour to Malta?

God Turns Your Pain Towards His Purpose

By this time, Paul has completed three major missionary journeys. He has strategically planted churches in significant hubs throughout the Roman Empire so that the Gospel can go out from there.

  • Some estimate, he’s traveled over 10,000 miles! [2]
  • Now, the apostle has his sights set on Rome, God’s ultimate calling for him

Paul has done all he has been called to do and the end goal—Rome—is in view.
But for the love of God, who allows an unexpected detour.

For Paul’s missionary days are not over.

Favor in Unexpected Places

What an amazing God we serve, He loves people with magnificent passion.
No one is left out.

And because of this, God may interrupt your well-ordered schedule.
At times, He will even allow your discomfort to drop you into His purposes. But He will turn the bitter into sweet.

In the place of loss, you discover God has given you new friends.
And—you find favor in unexpected places.

God has Appointed a Harvest for You

Next, God uses the islanders to shower Paul and the group of survivors with kindness.
They give them the provisions they need for the next part of their journey.

And we read in Acts 28:10 “They honored us in many ways; and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.”

Perhaps, you have experienced a delay, or a disruption rocked your world.

But the favor of God is on your life and that makes all the difference.
For right here, right now—God has appointed a harvest for you.

[1] The name Malta in Greek is “Melite”, which means “honey” (see Strong’s G3194)
[2] See here for example

Related Posts:
This is my fourth and final prophetic study on this story of Paul. The first three are here:

  1. Prophetic Word: The Setback Will Become Your Sweet Spot
  2. I Heard God Say, “I Am Resurrecting Your Dream!”
  3. God is Turning Your Mess into a Message

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74 thoughts on “Prophetic Word: God is Turning Your Delay Into a Harvest”

  1. Dr Lixon Chikumbirile

    Thank you for the gracious Word of God. Sure I am going through trials and tribulations in my life, a real wilderness experience. However, I am humbled with joy looking forward to restoration and divine appointment through the Resurrection power which raised Jesus from the dead. I believe and trust in God and with God nothing is impossible. I receive my harvest in Jesus mighty name. . Amen and Amen

    1. amen to that Dr Lixon
      “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Rom 8:37)

      1. Dr Lixon Chikumbirile

        True we are conquerors as highlighted in 1 John 4 vs 4 “You, dear children, you are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

          1. Dr Lixon Chikumbirile

            True we are conquerors through the Resurrection Power of the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. So shall it be. Amen and Amen

        1. Lilliane Neughebauer

          Dear Helen your word speak so often in my heart and today too. I know its for me – smilede. My storie is not short, so I cannot share it here, but in the midst of the storm I have been in since september 2019 God is turning it, using it and using me in my weakness in this Town where He moved me to a year ago. I am so greatfull that He uses me. I feel that I do nothing, but He bring people to me who need Jesus

    2. Racquel A Cattenhead

      This reason are with my spirit as I fight when this disruption I’m going through will be over. Bottom line I need prayer and asking like Paul where do God wants me to be right now? Pray for my son Tyler that he will yield to the Holy Spirit. God help us. Thanks for this word. It’s Harvest Time!

  2. I hear a lot of words but yours rings consistently true to my life for where I am every time.
    I am part of planting a church at this time, today this woman of God who lives far from her island home showed me favor and kindness to our small apostolic group.
    We are going to connect consistently and I’ve been asked to come again and preach the gospel!!
    An unsaved man lives there ….this magnificent place is in the middle of nowhere… in between somewhere and the next town where we are called to plant!!
    Hallelujah.. We are right where we are supposed to be no matter where people or even ourselves expect where we should be… Hallelujah!!
    Thank you for your word.. from Heaven touching earth through you..
    I receive it and pray you will be abundantly blessed beyond your measure in Jesus name amen

    1. this is SO good, Suz. I celebrate with you and by faith, see many coming to drink from the fountain of what God is doing in your midst.

      “How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
      Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
      They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house,
      And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
      For with You is the fountain of life;
      In Your light we see light.” Psalm 36:7-9, NKJV

  3. Pray for total restorstion that was taking from me. Increase. Money stolen. Healing for my mom. She have a stroke. Break the plans of d enemies holding back my blessings from the office. The envious spirits. I decree and declare they must go. Dimiss, cancelled their plans towards me in Jesus name

    1. yes Father, we agree for Divine restoration and for Rosanne to know and see the favor of God on her life, as Your beloved child

  4. There is so much I’d like to say here, but will keep it short. God has redeemed a painful job situation completely this week! I had to leave one job and He placed me into a new position, with promotion! Had meeting with new bosses this last week and they are very happy with me (unlike the last job!) it was soooo healing to hear their kind words. After the work review, I happened to come across one of my previous coworkers (from the painful job situation) and was able to make peace with her! God is SOOOOO good!!! This was not a detour I would have chosen, but God is using it!!!

  5. Dear Prophetess Helen Calder,
    I thank God Almighty for using You to preach and spread the gospel online in such a way that it is very easy to understand.
    Your messages often into my life directly as I the glory of God has been revealed to me in so many challenges, setbacks and delays I have been through.Through such life experiences, I have come to discover that I have the spiritual gifts of prophecy and I need to learn more and be mentored.

    I thank you and may Almighty bless us all.

    Kind regards.


    1. Hi Brian, thank you, that is wonderful to hear.
      And what a wonderful testimony- our God is a Redeemer who can bring us out of the trials bearing gifts and gold! Just as the Israelites emerged from those generations of slavery out of Egypt bearing gifts and great wealth, and He says, ‘I will repay you the years the locusts have eaten’. Faithful!

  6. Ssewanonda Emmy Joshua

    Greetings to you servant of God.Am grateful for the wonderful message you posted to me about Apostle Paul’s journey to Rome.
    It’s a timely message to me.Am facing various delays due to the effects of the Covid19 lockdown in our country Uganda.The message has restored my hope and strengthened my faith.Let me wait on God.He has the best for me.Thank you for the encouragement.God bless you always.

    1. And God bless you too, Emmy! I pray that you, and your nation of Uganda, see a turnaround and that your testimony will be that of Psalm 126 – having sown in tears, you will reap in great joy

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