One of the most powerful stories of delay in the bible is the story of Joseph.
Of all Jacob’s sons, Joseph was his favorite and this caused problems with his brothers.
Joseph had a couple of dreams that ignited hatred in his brothers. In his first dream, Joseph dreamed that all his brothers would someday bow down to him. This didn’t end up causing brotherly love in the family.
In his second dream, Jacob dreamed that the sun and the moon or his mother and father would bow down to him. As you can imagine, this took the brothers over the edge. So much so, that they threw him in a dry well planning to kill him.
However, the brothers decided to sell him into slavery instead which delayed Josephs dream for a while.