I have really been chewing on this quote and over and over again I come back to 2 Peter 3:9. I have been weighing and evaluating what it means that God is not slow as we understand slowness, but instead He is patient with us, not wanting us to perish, but instead come to repentance. All of the attributes of love (1 Corinthians 13) and the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23 settle down around patience. They are a part of the very essence of God. Sometimes that thought is a bit too lofty for me to attain, that God wishes to instill in us His very essence and all of the attributes and qualities that make Him good, glorious… so worship worthy.
Literally, this quote has me on my face before Him. He is God and yet just as He suffered long with Moses in the desert, so He also suffers long with us in our Spiritual walk today. How often has God waited for me to recognize that He is not some far off, impersonal God who is so busy controlling the universe that He has no time for me. He has eternity, and He has set aside a portion of it for me. He placed me in time and waits for me to catch up with His plan – to choose His ways over my own, to stand on His promises and wait out the storms. He asks me to trust Him and honor Him while I wait for strength and peace to come.
As I have been waiting in this season on a word from the Lord about where to go from here, I have found Him completely faithful to reveal Himself to me even in a season where He is teaching me patience. Other times, I had to cry out to Him, “I just don’t understand. I asked you for __________ (whatever it was at the time) and things have not changed – they have only gotten worse. God where are you, what on earth am I waiting for?”
I can now look back and see Him quietly whispering over me, “My child, the blessing is in the waiting. I have been waiting on you for years, you can give Me this season of your life. I love you, and I want you to know that I bless those who persevere.”
On the good days, when this truth hits home, like today. I picture God in His grand throne room watching me on Holy Tivo and replaying that moment when I finally grasped the infinity of our God. He makes a fist and pulls his elbow into His side as He declares favor and His own glory, “Yes, it worked. Now she is catching on!” Oh Glory, I cannot wait to go Home… but I guess that is part of this little thing we call patience.
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