“Are we there yet?”
Oh...the four most dreaded words on a family road trip. Actually, the second most dreaded words. I’d have to give first place to, “My tummy feels funny…”
“Are we there yet??”
Now, there’s a childhood “art” in saying these words. There are many rules for a proper delivery:
1. Use your whining voice.
2. Make the word “yet” at least five syllables long.
3. Have an appropriately scrunched-up, semi-mad, pouting face.
4. Kick the back of the seat in front of you while saying it.
5. Hit your sibling(s) while you say it (only child? See #4, and throw something).
6. And never, ever forget this one – Wait five minutes, and then say it again!
(Alternative to the five-minute thing – you can say it several times, right in a row – Are we there yet, are we there yet, are we there yet...)
Is there any parent out there knowing what I’m talking about???
I can’t blame kids – time passes slowly when you’re anxious to get to a destination. Their excitement is hard to contain. It’s hard to be cooped up in a car, mile after mile – an eternity in their eager little minds.
But, we’re not so different…
Do you ever tire of waiting for the “Day of the Lord” to come? Do you sometimes feel impatient for God’s perfect eternity to arrive? Does it seem like it’s such a long, long wait?
Are we there yet?
Even in the first century, people were waiting. They thought Jesus’ return was imminent. Imagine how surprised they would have been if they had known that two thousand years later, we’d be joining them in the long, long wait.
Do you ever lose hope – just a little bit?
What’s taking God so long?
He’s waiting – He’s graciously, lovingly, wisely waiting…
“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent…our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved.”
(2 Peter 3:9, 15)
And we have a job to do while we’re waiting…
We must not just sit around. We must realize that time is short – and our work is important.
“And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.” (2 Peter 3: 14)
Be ready to meet Jesus anytime, even today…yet, plan your life, your course of action, your ministry as though He may not return for many years.
Are we there yet?
No, but we WILL BE…and then the long, long wait will have been worth EVERYTHING!
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