8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. - 2 Peter 3:8-9
I hear this quote yesterday and it made me think of this verse - Never doubt in the darkness what God has shown you in the light. We all end up in the darkness, and it’s in those moments that it can be so hard to trust He will move us into the light again. When we’re waiting a long time to see God move in a situation we have prayed fervently over, it can feel as if our prayers are unheard. When He does not rescue us from a trial we’ve struggled in for years, it can feel as if we’re wandering in the darkness alone. When He does not free us from temptation over the same sin issues that we’ve wrestled with for most of our lives, doubts can creep in the darkness and we start to believe we will never see the light.
These are the times we need to remind us of all He has taught us and the ways we’ve known He’s worked in our lives. We are told multiple times in scripture to call to mind the goodness of the Lord. It is in the darkness we need to remember who He is and what He has done. When the waiting feels like it’s forever, we need to remind ourselves that He is still good and He is still at work. Our timing is not His timing. If it feels as if He’s moving too slowly, you can trust there is a reason it’s taking some time. His ultimate desire is that no one shall perish, so whatever is taking so long is working toward that desire.
One of the ways we can call to mind is journaling God’s mercy and grace in our lives. There is something very powerful about writing down His stories in our lives - not just calling them to mind and sharing them, but taking the time to recall how He has moved and writing all the details down. Next time you are struggling with God’s timing in answering a prayer request, sit down and write the details out of a time God moved in your life. It will take your mind off of your current trial, and remind you of His faith. Never doubt in the darkness what God has shown you in the light.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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