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 (NIV)
My soul needed this. My eyes watered when I encountered this passage. "With the Lord a day is like a thousand years " "The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness" Oh how I needed this because so very often I want things to go my way and on my time. With the year coming to a close soon and thinking back on events that have happened that I either wish never did or wished went differently I have to remember that I'm living on God's time, not mine. Too often I'm caught up in my flesh and its anxieties of the future. I often worry of things I want to happen in my life, the feeling of needing to "catch up" in life, or the "how much longer do I have to wait?" These questions and thoughts only lead to anxiousness and reasoning which are two big things I need to avoid that will only create negativity in my mind. I need to avoid worrying about time. I have to be patient and remember He is the God that keeps His promises. He will fulfill the desires of my heart (as long as they are aligned with His will). We measure time differently than He does. My ministry will develop on His time, my future with my own little family will be on His timing, and every other desire in between is on His timing. Lizzie's timing is a fleshly desire that can only cause me harm if I try to force it. God's timing is protection over me and serves a purpose in His plan for my life. I have to not forget "that one thing". He is patient with me and I have to keep growing and trusting Him through each season as He prepares me for His promises. On a side note, His Word is seriously the greatest and most fulfilling love letter to my heart.
This passage is about His patience with us concerning judgement day, but my spirit is touched by how it applies to areas of my life.