Chosen by God

Jesus initiates three movements for them, and for us.
1) The movement from Fear to Peace
2) The movement from Hiddenness to Sending
3) The movement from Receiving to Forgiving

We hide away in our minds, our hearts. We shut ourselves off from others so that whatever pain we've experienced in the past, will not come and revisit us in the future.

The delay doesn't mean God is absent from the process. The things of God come to us, but they typically comes to us as hope and promise. Both, of which, are based in a future that God intends.