But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:8-9
I read a humorous story recently about an economist who read the passage above and was quite amazed by it. He decided to ask God about the meaning of these verses:
“Lord, is it true that a thousand years for us is just like one minute to you?”
The Lord said, “Yes.”
The economist said, “Well then, a million dollars to us must be like one penny to you.”
The Lord said, “Well, yes.”
The economist said, “Well, Lord, will you give me one of those pennies?”
The Lord said, “All right, I will. Wait here a minute.”
Often we want God’s resources, but we do not want his timing. We want the penny but not the minute. We want his hand, but we don’t want his calendar. We forget his work in us while we wait, which is as important as what it is you’re waiting for.
Waiting means I must trust that God knows what he’s doing. In the midst of trying circumstances, or a debilitating sickness, or devastating loneliness, it is hard to wait and trust in him. Maybe you have a dream about certain things that you’d love to accomplish or a goal you want to achieve, and for reasons you don’t understand, what you always hope for is not happening. You don’t know why; you just know it hurts. And you are tempted to try to force things to happen, to manipulate or to use people. Or maybe you’re tempted to give up ever trying to realize the potential God has given you and just drift along. Will you have the patience neither to try to force it nor to quit, but wait patiently on God?