Slowness

Do you have issues with your phone opening up when wearing polarized sunglasses? It seems like a silly question. But, as much as I love my expensive sunglasses that I got as a gift last Christmas, it drives me crazy that it messes with the face scan of my phone unlocking. 

I must have been outside a lot this week because I found it maddening and heard myself mutter under my breath several times, “Why is this dumb thing so slow?” It seems I got God’s attention because I have had the most frustrating dance with time this week. I spent 2 hours at the DMV despite being number 11 in line when they opened. I spent 45 minutes on hold with the gas company and will not even get into the current state of Charleston’s rush-hour traffic. 

All the while, I felt like God was asking me, “Do you think I am slow?”

It was an interesting question, but as I began to research the topic of slowness in the Bible, it pointed to how good God’s heart is towards us. With both answers.

Is God slow? Yes, my God is slow. 

Psalm 103:8 “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”

Is my God slow? No, my God is not slow.

 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish.”

I love this writing from Max Anders. 

“Sometimes God’s “slowness” is merely an inconvenience or frustration. Other times, it feels life-altering. At times, it seems that He is simply too late. He missed the boat! Abraham reminded God that he and his wife, Sarah, were already beyond childbearing age. It seemed that God missed that boat. But He didn’t. Even worse, Lazarus was already dead! Surely, his sisters thought, Jesus missed that boat. But He didn’t. God doesn’t miss boats. If He keeps track of sparrows when they fall, and if He numbers the hairs on our heads, He is surely always aware of what time it is. 1 Peter 3:8 says, “With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promises…” It just seems, from our perspective, that God is slow. But He has His plan, He is not slow, and His promises never fail.”

In light of the season that Anna and I are in, my friend, Jason Cates, told me that in recovery, there is a phrase,

“This may be a slow process but quitting won’t speed it up.”

So true, Mr. Cates! So true.  Are you fed up with the amount of time something is taking? Maybe this season for you is just soooo loooong. Take heart. God loves you and only has the best plans for you and me. Thank heavens His timing is perfect too!

We will get through this together!

In His service and at yours!

~Shawn

Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

5 thoughts on “Slowness

  1. Shawn, as always thank you for your inspiring words each week.
    I don’t respond much but I read every week!
    I needed this message this week. Please keep doing what you’re doing. Miss you!! Hope all is well. You and your family are always in my daily thoughts and prayers!

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