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, I’m learning more and more to wait on your timing. 32 years of experience with being a discipling Christian helps. Interestingly, as I look back, it feels like the first 25 years of that time set up my ability to learn the lesson over the last seven years. It was actually right at 10 years ago that things started to get harder than I knew what to do with. Then it was the next eight or so years of a valley that helped me to see beyond myself. I know there are more difficult circumstances and that the refining fire can be hotter than what I experienced. I’m just saying that it was as deep of a dark time as I’ve been through in my life and, in retrospect, I can say one of the things you taught me is that you are doing things I cannot see (and I might never see), but I need to trust that you are working all things for your best for the world, me, and those I love. I also need to understand that there is only so much you can do when dealing with the free will you grant us all.
So as I look around my life today, are there any areas where I’m being impatient with you? The good news, I think, is that I complain a lot less in my private prayers to you (but I confess I do still complain). The study I did of Job and then Paul, with Job’s learning that his life is yours and giving it to you without complaint is his duty, and Paul living out that principle by never complaining about his lot in life as he’s in prison, but “counting it all joy” instead, really helped me.
Father, what I’ve said this morning sounds arrogant and foolish. Please hear that I don’t think I’ve arrived. What I want to do is take these lessons I’ve learned and continuously apply them to my life so that I might be 1.) the best worshipper of you that I can be and 2.) living in the peace you have for me. Help me to be your ambassador, and, as I’ve prayed a lot lately, to be a catalyst for your kingdom coming and your will being done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
In Jesus’s name I pray,