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The Gap between God and Humans


View down into Grand Canyon on a sunny day.

Today is Good Friday. The day that Jesus Christ was crucified and buried. It was essentially the beginning of a new world, but it didn't feel that way to his disciples.


I have been reflecting recently on how God's timeline is so much different than ours. First we typically want God to act right away, and second we want Him to take care of everything completely.


But God is more intentional in His movements. He takes His time and He often progresses forward incrementally, not all at once.


There are many examples of this in the Bible, but probably the most profound illustration of His calm deliberation is His personal rescue of the world.


After thousands of years of waiting, the second person of the Trinity finally comes into the world.


But what does He do when He gets here?


He waits.


He seemingly does nothing for 30 years. That's right, three decades, tick tock, tick tock.


Indeed, Jesus waits 10 times longer than He engages. Think about that. Thirty years of quiet patience in contrast to three years of "turn the world upside down" ministry.


This is not the type of slow calculus that we humans appreciate.


God created the majesty of the Grand Canyon via the gradual meandering of the Colorado River, in comparison we microwave a Hot Pocket and are frustrated it's too hot to eat right away.


God's patience has purpose (see 2 Peter 3:9), and you are a part of that.


So please don't be discouraged if it feels like whatever you are hoping for is taking too long.


God is up to something absolutely amazing.


Credits: (Grand Canyon photo by Omer Nezih Gerek on Unsplash)

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We also wait, and don' seem to do much as we go through life that seems to be of any worth. But God has a plan of which we are not told, but we are confident is there for us. Jesus knew what His plan was from the beginning, but we...? So we carry on, waiting, watching, preparing and ready to pounce. We are told to witness every chance we get, but chances often seem rare. Sometimes we do not see much of God's work happen in our lives merely because we thought it would be different and didn't recognize it. In heaven we will be able to see with unblinded eyes our God given plan which we liv…

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