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2 Peter 3:8-15a

It’s About Time

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2 Peter 3:8-15a
It’s About Time

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Object suggested: A clock

Time is a funny thing. When we look forward to an event like a birthday party, Christmas, or a summer trip, it feels as if we are waiting forever.

At other times, when you are having lots of fun, time seems to zip by; we look up and find we have been so occupied that hours have sped by without our noticing.

When we experience difficulties, such as an illness, time slows down and we wonder “when will this end?” Also, when we feel bored time begins to slow down and we get restless.

It seems we either want time to speed up or slow down. All of this waiting and wishing builds our character and helps us learn to be a more patient person.

This verse from the Bible helps us think about the passage of time in a different way: “…with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.”

The Bible teaches us that God’s time is different from what we experience. Think about the way things grow. A seed is placed in the ground and then there is a period of waiting. When the time is right a bit of green will pop out of the soil and, even then, the plant must have time to grow and develop into a tasty vegetable or a lovely flower.

Like a plant that takes time to grow, we learn that “The Lord… is patient with you” (each one of us). God gives us time to accept his love and understand our faith, to really know what we believe.

Take pleasure in the power and beauty of God’s love. Enjoy each moment!

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan