Taking The Time

"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.” 2 Peter 3:9

It seems like everyone has been in a hurry for the past few decades, and I don’t think we’re slowing down. At least not as a society.

Yet slowing down is exactly what I need sometimes. It’s surprisingly difficult for me. I have so much to do, like most people. There is ALWAYS writing to do. There will never be a moment while I live that writing will not need to be done. Not because someone is breathing down my neck with a deadline, but because I have so many unfinished stories I’m dying to work on.

The verse above lets us know that God takes his time. He is a just God and will one day return (though not on Mr. Camping’s schedule). For those who long for it, he may seem slow. But this is for our sake, the sake of all his created, because he is merciful. For now, he allows the sun to rise every morning, giving more and more people an opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as Savior. Or reject, as may be the case. It is everyone’s choice.

For the sake of my writing—my created—I don’t have to be in a hurry either. I can follow God’s example. While persistence and disciplined writing are important, especially while I pursue publication, hurried writing/submitting is not. Hurried often = sloppy. One of the best pieces of advice I recently read was to slow down when editing and make my novel the best it can be without trying to hurry up and get published. Otherwise, the mistakes I likely made while in my hurry could be what keeps the story unpublished.

Hurried can also = anxious. I don’t need to be anxious. God’s got it, and everything is better in his timing.