One Day is Like a Thousand Years
A Reflection on 2 Peter 3:8-14
Second Sunday of Advent
“Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day.” (2 Peter 3:8)
Time is a notion that is so ingrained into our very existence that we can see no way around it. We make up stories about time travel, but immediately we recognize the troubles that arise. We try to make up ways to circumvent these troubles: time as a loop, alternative pathways, etc. But we cannot escape it. We cannot escape the unchanging past, the passing of the present, or the coming of the future. Time is so much a part of our life that to think of a Being outside of time is unfathomable. We make up analogies, like the author of the book being “outside” of the time of the characters in the book, but they do not suffice. We can’t fathom an infinite omniscience that sees all that has been, all that is, and all that will be. Even less so can we fathom the omnipotence that can actually thread it all together into something good.
And yet, “with the Lord one day is like a thousand years…” With Him, it is so. We don’t have to understand it all, how it all works, to believe in His all-knowing power to weave it all together. And that is what He does. He stands outside of time, twisting and braiding, careful to leave no thread loose. Because each one is precious. We are all important, irreplaceable threads in His great tapestry of creation. We have unique and necessary roles in this masterpiece. He places the threads with delicate care, knowing that if one is loose, the whole tapestry is compromised. He sees it all, and He takes care of it all.
My God, sometimes I feel as though my soul is a loose thread, flailing about with nowhere to land, no true place to be. May I see that you have a plan for me, that you are weaving me in and out of this great tapestry of the history of the Kingdom of God, even though all I see is a jumble of strings. May I see that you are able to move things today, to plant seeds, that will move mountains in time. May I have hope in your plan. May I be at peace.
“The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard, ‘delay,’ but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance… Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace.” (2 Peter 3:9,14)
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