A PATIENT SLOWNESS

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) just celebrated the third anniversary of the YUTU- 2 moon rover and its landing on the far side of the moon. In three years it has traveled some 1,000 meters/3200 feet of the lunar surface; that’s 2.9 feet a day! I cannot even imagine the patience some engineer must have, going to work each day knowing, that in the name of exploration and discovery, his/her objective over the next 10-12 hours, is to “drive” YUTU-2 less than a three foot distance. While of vastly different scale, it can, perhaps, help us appreciate the patience of God, who, in the name of redemption and the recovery of souls, continues to move slowly over the entirety of creation; that we might discover what he desires to give.

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