Advent Journal: December 21st

Conform to God's Time   by George Bashian

"8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you,[a] not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance."2

“I'll be with you in a minute,” someone says to us, and we start fidgeting.  A minute sounds short, but have you ever sat completely still and watched the second hand of a wristwatch make a complete revolution?

Most of us have a hard time waiting – waiting patiently – for something that we want to happen right NOW!  The folks in Peter's day seemed to experience the same impatience while they were “waiting for new heavens and a new earth,” which sounds suspiciously like waiting for the Kingdom of God that Jesus came to announce.

But God doesn't wear a wristwatch, and God doesn't have a calendar on the wall.  God's time will never be our time.  So what to do?  Peter tells us, in effect, to stop looking at our “Google calendar app” and instead decide how we will lead our lives while waiting.  Maybe if we try to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God the time will go more quickly.  (See Micah 6:8).