how long?

Even when Faith is strong the body can grow weary.  There are prayers I have been praying for years and it seems that they are taking a long time to be answered.  It isn’t that I don’t believe that God will answer them, it just seems to be taking a long time.

My friend, Shawn is still battling brain cancer.  Her family is struggling and striving to greet each day positively, even when the new day may hold new, harder struggles.

Friends and family face long-term illnesses, recurring battles with cancer, depression, life changes due to strokes.  Other friends face the emotional toll of foster parenting.  It’s a roller coaster of love, loss, letting go, praying over and trusting to God little lives.

The news is full of devastation and brokenness.  Fighting, war, death, destruction, disasters, murder; it overwhelms the heart and soul.

It makes me wonder how much longer will it be until Jesus returns?  How much longer until we are called to Heaven, away from all of the broken and hurting?

As a new believer, I heard a song by Charlie Peacock that put this question into perspective.  It is based on the verses in 2 Peter 3:8-9 which say, “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. 9 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.”

In other words, it isn’t time.  When it is, we will know.  Until then, we are to share God’s Love Story with those around us.  As my pastor used to say, “If you are still sucking air, you have a job to do.”  He is a no-nonsense pastor who pulls no punches.

It’s simple.  We are to love the world, brokenness and all, until Jesus calls us home or comes back for us.  Until then we are to keep walking on our trail with God at our side, following His direction, listening for His Word and trusting Him for the rest.

Dear Friend

 Dear friend, there’s a story goin’ ’round
That says you’re gonna be married soon
But you’ve been sayin’ that for years
There can be no wedding without a groom
 
You said, he went away
To make a place for you and Him
Oh, you know He’s gonna come back
But you just don’t know when
 
Dear friends, He is not slow in keeping His promises
As some understand slowness to be
Keep a watch out, don’t lose faith, He said, He would come for you
He’s gonna come for you, you wait and see, just wait and see
 
Dear friend, people joke
They laugh and they make fun
When they hear talkin’ all about
The groom who’s gonna come
 
He’s been gone a long, long time
Are there any doubts to confess?
Do you wonder if you will
Ever wear that wedding dress?
 
Dear friends, He is not slow in keeping His promises
As some understand slowness to be
Keep a watch out, don’t lose faith, He said, He would come for you
He’s gonna come for you, you wait and see
 
Dear friends, He is not slow in keeping His promises
As some understand slowness to be
Keep a watch out, don’t lose faith, He said, He would come for you
He’s gonna come for you, you wait and see
 
Dear friends, He is not slow in keeping His promises
As some understand slowness to be
Keep a watch out, don’t lose faith, He said, He would come for you
He’s gonna come for you, you wait and see, just wait and see
words and music by Charlie Peacock

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About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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