I’ve come to the conclusion that my biological clock is all of out sorts this week.
Staying up in late most nights and then waking up semi-early the following morning is fine enough. I’be been through college, so I know what it’s like to live according to a different time frame than most.
But I found out quickly that although I have the characteristics of a night owl, I’m not as adept at rebounding as I used to be. I guess that’s another part of growing up.
Most of my days have begun to blur together as I have worked to get back into a routine. Although I’ve not yet been successful in getting to bed at a reasonable hour the past several nights (or weeks), I have realized the importance of timing.
I know from past experience that if I try going to bed too early, I’ll wake up sixty minutes later with a thirst for coffee and an inability to fall back asleep. If I go too late, my brain is useless for the majority of the following day.
Timing is everything.
2 Peter 3:8 reads, “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.”
We’ve got a time for everything, don’t we? Maybe it’s just me, but I like to have some sort of an idea of what to expect and when to expect it. That way I can properly plan and prepare.
But the Lord has been teaching me these past four months that time does not answer to me. He alone transcends the very fabric of time as He is the One who created it. He is above and outside of time.
So, when we grow impatient with waiting on God, we are basically telling Him that as the Creator He should subject Himself to the creation. That His plan isn’t quite good enough or quick enough. That we don’t trust Him, the Author and Finisher of our faith, to lead us in the way everlasting.
That may sound excessive, but I believe this is what our fleshly hearts say when we expect God to answer to our particularly designed timetables.
In this verse, Peter is encouraging his audience about the coming of the Lord. He is reminding them that God perceives time in a vastly different way than we do. That He has everything set in motion according to His perfect plan. That Jesus would return at the perfect time.
After all, “when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)
Our lives may seem chaotic now, and we may feel as though our breakthrough will never come. But I want to say to you, “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28)
Just as we can lift our heads with the assurance that Jesus Christ will fulfill His promise to come and claim His children, so we too can believe in faith that He will bring all of this to pass in His perfect timing and not a moment before.
Instead of getting so caught up in the when and the what if, I challenge you (and myself) to shimmy our sleeves down to cover our own watches and trust that God is not constrained or controlled by the numbers on a dial or on a calendar. You can put your hope in Him and that in His right time, your moment will come.
Seek His face, and don’t stop believing.