Are we there yet?

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Oh the roadtrips!  This last summer we vacationed on the Eastern Oregon/Idaho border.  It was about an 8 hour drive each way… with four kids ages 8 to 20 months.  “Are we there yet?” we would often hear.  “How much farther?”  It seemed as though our destination would never greet us; we might never get there.  I know what the kids were wishing for: an instant arrival!  It would be so much easier if we didn’t have to make the journey and just arrive.  It would be so much faster if mom and dad could just snap there fingers and get us there.  Why can’t dad just drive faster?

Don’t we feel this way about God sometimes?  “What is taking Dad so long?”  Why can’t he just get me there.  But Peter reminds us that God is not slow in keeping his promise.  In fact, what we call slowness He calls patience.  The truth is, we have not arrived and God doesn’t just snap His fingers and make us arrive.  He lets us take the journey.  Peter also reminds us that if God were to judge us based on our progress in the journey, we might not like the outcome.  But He is patient; he let’s us continue on in the journey and is patient with us as we drive way too slow.

I for one am grateful for that.  God is patient with me.  He doesn’t step in and say, “alright you are done.  I will now evaluate your life based on how far you have driven.”  He lets me continue on and is patient with me.  He lets me move closer to arriving.  I certainly have not arrived!  So when we start getting impatient with God and start demanding our way with him, remember how patient He has been with us.   When you feel like asking, “are we there yet?” remember that He probably wants to ask you the same question.  The truth is, He WILL come through on His promises.  He will provide for you.  He will take care of you.  But I for one am certainly glad He is willing to take His time with me.

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