But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
2 Peter 3:8-9
Dear God, a few weeks ago, I asked my wife her thoughts about the second coming. I think I said at the time that, for me, it feels like a distraction. If I spend my time thinking about the rapture and the second coming, always wondering and acting as if it might be around the corner, the I will take my eye off of the things you have for me day to day.
This passage is a reminder to me that I have to ignore my expectations of time and simply keep running the race that is set before me (Hebrews 12:1). It’s a long race. It can have easier parts and it will have hard parts. Some will be harder than I think I can bear. But what have I to fear? As I mentioned from the sermon I heard this last Sunday, when the disciples and Jesus were in the boat in the storm, Jesus didn’t say there was nothing to be afraid of. He asked them why they were afraid. There’s plenty around me to be afraid of, but there is ultimately no reason to be afraid.
Father, help me to run my race today. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on you as I go through the storm. Help me to fix my eyes on you as I decide every once in a while to get out of the boat to walk to you. Help me to decrease and seek absolutely nothing for myself (that’s probably the hardest thing I asked right there).
In Jesus’ name I pray,