14th January 2014

No Hurry, Take Your Time

“…his unlimited patience”
1 Timothy 1:16 (NIV )

I’d love to be more like God, especially in his patience, so when it’s time to go somewhere with my wife I call out to her, “No hurry, take your time, when you’re ready,” and off I go to the car to wait.

I admit to having trouble, though, as the minutes tick by and I’m still in the car waiting. I’ve fiddled with all the knobs to pass the time, dusted off the dashboard, hummed my top ten list of favourite tunes, and watched spiders spin their webs between the steering wheel and the gear lever. And as I sit there in the car musing about these things, in between reciting the first five books of the Bible by memory, or counting the stone chips on the windscreen, it dawns on me that God created marriage, in part, to teach me patience because it’s working. 

Of course I love my wife however long she keeps me waiting. Sometimes I say a quiet prayer thanking God for giving me the blessing of a loving and supportive wife. But waiting has taught me something about God. He, amazingly, as the verse above says, has no limits to his patience. He never tires of being patient. He can wait for an eternity. He doesn’t stomp up and down the golden streets of heaven tearing his hair out at how slow I catch onto things. He doesn’t threaten me with thunderclaps or yell like a thousand trumpets if I don’t jump to attention at his every command. He doesn’t push for instant results or set deadlines on repentance or conversion. He doesn’t expect his church to change the world now or evangelize every lost person before he or she dies. He can wait until everyone gets the message, until everyone has had the opportunity to respond to his love.

It also made me realize that God can wait for me. The mental labour of entering his rest, or trusting my entire life to him, is a constant struggle, but I hear my own words coming back to me, “There’s no hurry, son, take your time,” because we have a Father who can wait until we’re ready. He can wait, and wait, and wait, and….

Prayer
Thank you, Father, that more and more I feel less pressured, and therefore I put less pressure on others. It’s so much better your way.
Amen

Study by Jonathan Buck

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jonathanbuckAbout the Author:
Jonathan Buck is an Elder and pastors five Grace Communion International congregations in Canada.  Jonathan is a feature editor of Northern Lights Magazine and you can visit his website at www.bucktobasics.ca  He and his wife, Berry, also pastored in the UK before moving to Canada a number of years ago.  When they are visiting family in England they attend Grace Communion in Lewes.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road
LEWES
BN7 2XN

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email:  hilarybucksbox@mypostoffice.co.uk

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