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2022-01-28 | Exodus 21-24 | Watching Paint DryWhat’s taking so long? Are we there yet? When are we going? How much longer? Is it almost done? I can’t wait until we get there. I wish this day would end already! I just can’t wait any longer. Sound familiar?

You are certain what God has promised you; it’s clear He has spoken to you and directed you. You even have a gazillion confirmations from friends and strangers and songs and scriptures and billboards and unexplained coincidences and twelve random overheard conversations. There is simply no doubt about what God’s saying, what He’s promised. And then… tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock. It’s like time has stood still! What happened?

Ah, the predictable, immeasurable, unknowable, inevitable delay between God’s promise and its fruition… tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock… We don’t like it. No, it’s more visceral than that. We hate it; we abhor it; we despise it! But, the alternative is certainly worse. Step in where you don’t belong, at the wrong time, and you are bound to get eaten by wild beasts.

The pattern is clear, so, hop on board the moving sidewalk that at times seems to trail slightly behind a snail. Is it any wonder why patience grows on both the love tree and the fruit of the Spirit tree? It’s slow-moving for sure, little by little, and you might say from glory to glory. Oh, and one more thing. It may seem slow, but strap in any way and enjoy the ride, because, with God, even slow-moving vehicles are outrageously thrilling and require you to fasten your
seat belts!