“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.”
—2 Peter 3:8 (NIV)
Need faster Internet? Mad because the guy in front of you is driving too slow? Don’t want to sit through commercials? Yep, it’s a common affliction—the “can’t wait” syndrome. I used to suffer from it myself…until I lost my central vision. Since then it’s become one long adjustment to life in the slow lane.
But you know what? It’s not that bad here in the slow lane. A lot less stressful, and plenty going on if you have eyes, ears, heart and mind to notice. Really it’s more like God’s timetable anyway when you think about it. Forty years wandering around the desert is like a big “whatever” to Him.
2 Peter 3:8 says, “With the Lord…a thousand years are like a day.” That tells us a lot about God’s timing and how off-base we are to indulge our human impatience.
When I first started back on this writing journey, I expected things to happen in newspaper-writing time. A quick turnaround. Deadlines that force you to leave an event early and race home to write something. A newspaper on the doorstep in the morning.
But with vision loss and working on God’s timetable, I’ve found a sweetness to the slower pace that the world’s buzz misses. Birds singing in the morning. That pretty good joke your kid just told. A memory floating to the surface as you smell bread baking in the sandwich shop.
How like God! He throws everything into a counter-intuitive spin and then surprises you with joy. You end up seeing His wisdom all over the fingerprints of time. (How right He was not to put us in charge!)
A recent example: Here I am putting along a year into my writing journey, getting irritated because it feels like nothing’s happening, and then the phone rings. I find out God is linking up a community of visually-impaired Christian writers and artists in surprising ways—through radio interviews, newspaper articles, friends of friends, and past associations. We are networking together for support and a higher calling. Amazing! And I thought the needle of life wasn’t moving.
Is there an area in your life where you feel God is delaying an answer? If so, rest assured…He has something surprising planned for EXACTLY the right time. Try enjoying the wait and keeping your heart open to what’s in front of you RIGHT NOW.
We don’t want things to happen too quickly, because we don’t know the future as He does. And probably God’s working on us in the meantime. He’s in the chiseling business, you know. That was the case with the Israelites in the desert.
Sure I miss driving on the highway and passing someone with the wind in my hair. I miss reading as fast as I want when I want, too. And I wish I could see my son’s baseball game clearly, instead of through a fog, having to ask the person next to me what just happened.
But God does plant surprises. So I’m learning to savor those. And look for the ways in which He is moving to chisel me and those around me. His ways are higher than ours, of course, so I know He plans a purpose in our trials.
One of which is to share this message with you.