This week’s devotional is brought to us by Ms. Dannah Fritschle, a Transformational Development major at UMHB.
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 don’t know about you, but I absolutely love getting a handwritten letter in the mail. Nothing tells someone you value them like a letter. Think about it, not only do they have to take the time, and tire their hand out, to physically write the letter, they also have to buy a stamp, find a post office or mailbox, and lick the seal of the letter (which is very low on my list of preferred flavors, though you may think differently).
The thing about receiving a handwritten letter is that you often don’t know it’s coming and it can surprise you in different ways. For one, if you’re not expecting the letter, your relationship with the sender might have slipped to the back of your mind, only to be brought forward by the name on the return address. You may not recognize the address of the sender and can get excited to see where they are writing from. But, there is also the chance that you read an invitation or time sensitive letter too late, and miss out on something special.
Hearing from God is a lot like waiting for a letter. Sometimes we may wonder why God is not speaking to us. We grow impatient as we wait for His answer to come, and then give up when it doesn’t come quickly. But, on the other end, God is writing an intentional and unique response to send our way just when we need it, not necessarily when we want it. And because of that, we are not always there to open the mailbox when the time comes. Instead, we sift through our own answers, or ones other people throw at us, that might be best described as junk mail. Then, when we finally open that handwritten letter, we realize what we missed.
God is always working, even when we don’t see it. You don’t know when His handwritten letter is on its way to you and you have to be careful not to miss it. This week’s text reminds us that God is not bound by time, so we shouldn’t attempt to put such boundaries on Him. God isn’t slow. He is patient. And if we want to communicate with Him, we may have to be patient too. The time between when you expect a letter and when the letter arrives is actually the space where an everlasting love resides, not an absence as it may sometimes seem.
Next time you ask the Lord to speak, remember that He loves you enough to spend the time to lick the envelope, even when He knows there’s a chance you might miss His letter. Take the time to check the mailbox regularly. You never know when your next letter may arrive.