Wednesday Word 12.08.2020

2 Peter 3:8-10, 14-15 New International Version

“8 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. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare…14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.”

So many things I do not understand about the Lord and this world. Time is one of those things. His patience is another. I know that patience was one of the things I was most frequently scolded about in childhood. I had none. As I grew up and had to face more unpleasant realities, I learned that being patient was very often its own reward. Things are going to take however long they take. Being anxious and whining about it will only serve to make the wait all the more difficult. If I can deal with the wait in a positive way instead of torturing everyone around me, that is a reward indeed. The patience the Lord has with us, now, that is an entirely different kind of reward.

I thank God every day for his patience. I thank him for loving me at those times when there is nothing lovable about me. I thank him for giving me one more chance to get it right, one more opportunity to put his love to work through me. His patience continues, even though we both know I am going to mess up again. It is my fervent prayer that when that last day does come and I am still found lacking (and we all know I will be lacking), his patient and loving grace will cover me. But, until that day, I am going to keep trying to do better. You, too?…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki