“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
This time of pandemic in our World is undoubtedly teaching us many new things –
like just how many absurd varieties of face-masks & thermometers there are, giggles!
As well as strengthening other more familiar skill-sets,
such as our care & concern for others.
(I’d love to hear what you are learning & strengthening! )
For myself patience is at the forefront of what I seem to be called to address, (or re-address.)
I always thought I was a patient person; however, as month after month mounts on top of each other with very little change in the pandemic climate – along with some unanswered personal prayers – I am having to work harder & harder.
Is it any wonder, though??
We have instant-everything!
The internet is unlimited in instantly answering questions, giving us directions, and so much more. We can talk or FaceTime people on the other side of the globe in real time. An ATM will dispense cash from our bank at any time of day or night. There is an Instant Pot to cook in, a microwave and fast food for instant dinners. Amazon has opened up an instant-shopping mall.
And yet somehow, we wait for three minutes at the post office and we’re agitated because of the delay!
We’ve all heard the line: “Well, I wished for patience and look what that got me!” The inference is that lots of long-suffering problems ensued.
However, God’s timing is different than ours!
In 2 Peter 2:8 we read, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”
I guess God is merely reminding me throughout this period to exhale more often.
To take time for the simpler things in life, to slow down, to look around, and to most importantly, hold His Word in my heart in all things – trusting that He hears my prayers & they will be answered in accordance with His time.
(Breath in. Breath out.)
For then will I listen better,
my attitude will indeed improve,
and all problems will not deter from any happiness.
Lord, help me to slow down and listen for your still, small voice.
Furthermore, allow your patience with me – to determine the way I treat the occurrences in my life.
And help me to hope in all my circumstances.
hugs n’ blessings to all those waiting in line with me…patiently.
May you too, think of ways or times you can pause & slow your heart and soul.