God calls me “Beloved”

“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. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8–9)

I often forget that God does not operate on the same timetable as I do. My timetable focus is narrow and short-sighted — unlike God’s. I catch myself wondering out loud, Why doesn’t this or that happen right now? I need this to happen now. I want it now. God, can’t you see this relationship is messed up and needs fixing.

Then, I step back and acknowledge that, of course, God knows. He cares when I cry and when I hurt deep down. One day to him is like many, many years. He’s got it all figured out and knows the beginning from the end. Unlike me.

In the second chapter of Peter, God calls me a dear friend. Beloved. Such terms of endearment I do not always deserve, yet he remains longsuffering toward me. Knowing this brings refreshment and renewal to my soul. If God is still on my side, then I can go on. I choose to endure and be faithful to my family and friend commitments. God shows up exactly when he needs to show up. Not a minute too late or too soon.

Dear God, forgive me for being impatient. Help me to remember that you created the sun, moon and the stars and each one of us. You hold the whole world in your grasp. I love being called “beloved.” You love me and care what I care about.

Are you waiting for some big event to take place? Maybe it’s waiting for that special person to ask your hand in marriage. Maybe, your heart aches for a wayward spouse or child who’s chosen a different path than you’d hoped for. Don’t despair. Can you shift that heavy burden over to God’s shoulders — strong shoulders that can handle anything?

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