“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”, 2 Peter 3:8 ESV. Though small children have plenty of time on their hands they still must learn to wait. Nothing seems to put their little souls to the test more than having to delay something they want right now. A long road trip is especially hard for them to get their minds around and is usually repeatedly peppered with the question: “Are we there yet?” Actually, we never quite seem to grow up in this regard; patience with God’s pace is still an issue for me. His timing is perfect so I must learn to not bail out before His chosen time of arrival. I must also resist the temptation to interpret the delay as a sign God doesn’t want me to do something. Heavenly Father teach me the difference between “No” and “Not Yet”. Grant me grace for the journey and help me not miss the lessons in the detours.
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap,” Galatians 6:7 ESV. God is never taken-in by my words, no matter how sincere they seem to me. Frankly, nor am I, for I too, must see follow-through in my own actions to genuinely believe in what I say. Often, I’ve been at that divine tipping point where intent teetered toward sincerity, only then to lean back toward selfish contentment and to again settle for spiritual complacency. But God will not abandon me to the squalor of begging from a barren heart. He is intent on teaching His children to abide in the blessings of their Heavenly Father. 1 John 3:18 points the way, “let us not love in word or in tongue but in deeds, and in truth.” LORD, You lovingly rock my world every time I fall into the trap of contentment. Thank You Father for provoking me to lay hold of that for which You hold took hold of me.