Daily Devotion: May 13
“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 rest of 2 Peter Chapter 3 goes on to talk about how the Lord is not slacking in His coming back but waiting patiently on those coming to repentance. He also tells us how we should live our lives as we wait and what we should do.
As I think about the perception of time and how drastically different God’s notion of time is to mine, the only way I can “relate” to how quickly time goes by is when I think about my children and family life. About 23 years ago, as a first-time mom with my baby girl crying in her car seat, I remember thinking, “18 more years until she’s an ‘adult’”. It seemed like an eternity! I was just getting started, I was experiencing sleepless nights, constant feedings, days that seemed like a whirlwind – I couldn’t imagine 18 more years! Yet, here we are, 18 years have come and gone...it’s been filled with birthdays, graduations, a soon-to-be wedding and many day-to-day blessings. What have I done with the time that God has given me? I hope I have poured into, not just her, but those people that God has put in my path. I know God has used me, as that has been my desire but I also know that there have been plenty of times that I have resisted. Looking back and rereading this portion of scripture, it’s a good reminder of what I am going to do as I wait for the Lord. How I am living my life for Him and what does that look like?
My daughter is now 23 and will be getting married soon, and I have no regrets about having been a stay-at -home mom. No regrets about missing a shower now and then or wearing the same sweatpants for a period of time. Living that season of life that God blessed me with was a period of growth for me. Looking back, that season flew by!
Sometimes seasons or periods in our lives seem long. They’re uncomfortable, painful, we may even feel non-productive. But God is with us! He stretches us and hopefully, we grow. His concept of time is different. His perception of EVERYTHING is beyond our comprehension. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord (Isaiah 55:8). Let’s embrace the time God has given us, let’s aim to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and share that knowledge.
So true how time does pass. I see that more so when we are older because we tend to look back more and reminisce. The best part is looking how the Lord has always been there caring us every step of the way; through good and difficult times. His faithfulness is new every day. Glory be His holy name.