God’s Great Timing

by Mary Stout

“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. 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.” (2 Peter 3:8-9)

We spend our lives chasing deadlines, stressing out over getting things done, and running the race at breakneck speeds to reach our goals. When left to our own devices, some days we succeed at it and other days, time gets away from us. We end up getting frustrated. The wheels of our life spin and spin and we find ourselves struggling to complete tasks or anxious over our self-imposed constraints. We tend to apologize to others for being late. We place ourselves at the mercy of time according to humans. Perhaps we need to remember, “In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

I am reminded of the old saying I plan my day and God laughs. Isn’t it astounding how we think we have everything planned or organized and something along the way comes from out of nowhere and puts us in emotional disarray?

I fight the tendency to get frustrated with myself and others when this happens. I react instead of respond. I allow my thoughts to overwhelm me some days. I don’t automatically trust God in those moments. It’s really in these times, I grow.

As today’s verse points out, God’s timing is not our timing. He is not constrained by our time and He is always patient with us even when our days go haywire. His timing is perfect. He waits on us and gives us what we need when we need it.

As we strive to be more like Jesus, let’s remember to bring His patience, His compassion and His love to the table not only to others but ourselves as well. Healing comes as we yield into our faith and allow God to change us from the inside out.

Prayer: Father, we thank you for this day. Help us be more aware and patient with ourselves and others as we strive to become more like you. May our light shine upon the world so they may see how your love changes us and brings us peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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