A thousand years

                          2 Peter 3:8                               But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Waiting is so hard. 
We are all waiting for something. So it seems.  Waiting…                                                               for a check to come in the mail, for a new job, or promotion, for vacation, or the arrival of a new baby, for school to end, for summer to begin, for news of healing, for and for and for…

Waiting isn’t always easy. Waiting is often hard… Very, very, hard. 

And while we are in the middle of our waiting… It seems like the world is crumbling right before our very eyes. Earthquakes killing thousands, riots in the streets of Baltimore, Christians being persecuted for their belief… And those are the things making headline news…

But in the every day lives of those around me… Friends of friends are burying their children, new cancer diagnosis are made, funerals of loved ones and financial strains of families scraping up every extra penny they have so they can adopt a child…                                                          Waiting.                                                           These loves are all waiting. Waiting for news the cancer is gone, waiting to see their loved ones again… waiting for that check to come in that will cover their adoption expenses… And waiting to see the face of the little one they will welcome into their home through the beautiful miracle of adoption. 

Waiting.

And today… my aunt, cousin and their family are at the beach, attempting to soak up the sun, relax in the sand, catch a few waves and eat some good seafood… However… they are not able to enjoy, they are not able to catch a break, they are not able to laugh and giggle like they used to because for them, this beach trip is not like any other previously…            This is the first beach trip they have taken as a family without their son Brent.  On this day, our family remembers it as the day, two years ago, that cancer took the life of a very precious young guy. 

And today… While at the beach, attempting to smile, they too are waiting…

Waiting until they see their son again. 

Waiting for the pain of losing a child to be erased.

Waiting for the night they are able to sleep peacefully again.

Waiting for the memory of seeing him breathe his last breath to be faint…

Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.

And this morning… I read from 2 Peter 3 (above) and was very encouraged for them. These truths gave me hope for their time of waiting… For everyone’s time of waiting.  It breathes encouragement for all of us who are in the middle of wait.

For my cousin and family… Each day without Brent seems like a thousand years… But how comforting to read the promises of God and realize that a thousand days for us… Is like  blink of an eye for the Lord. Waiting seems so long and hard… But life is but a vapor. Compared to eternity… Which goes on forever and ever and ever… The pain of waiting will seem so small.

But what are they to do while they wait? What are they to do until they too are spending forever in eternity with their son and Jesus? What to do on those days and nights when the darkness of waiting seems like ten thousand long. Dark. Years?? What does anyone do in the wait? 

For my family… In the middle of the wait…

They attend highschool football and baseball games in honor of their son. 

They witness teenagers surrendering their lives to Christ as a result of the impact their son had on them. 

And this past weekend, with family members and friends… They raced for a CURE! Intentionally raising money to help fight the fight of curing childhood cancer. 

  

In the middle of wait… 

You cling to scripture and the promises of God like the one written above. You hold to it with all of your strength… Never letting go… And allow God to carry you through the wait with His promises…

Promises that He will never leave or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). Promises that His ways are higher than yours (Isaiah 55:8-9). Promises that He has a perfect plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11).  Promises that His love will never fail and will endure forever (Psalm 136).

That is my prayer today for all of my friends and family who are in the middle of wait. And my prayer for the Beshers/Timpson family as they remember their precious Brent. 

Find joy in the middle of the every day, chaotic, mundane, sometimes not so happy wait. 

And then…

After 2 Peter 2:8 comes 2:13: Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Be encouraged during the wait… For the new Heavens and the new Earth will make the wait… Worth it! 

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