The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 NIV
Over thirty years ago, when we lived in Conway, SC, an older gentleman was well known to be a slow driver. I am not sure where he would go each morning, but we often got behind the same pickup truck, creeping along at 30 mph down the same narrow two-lane road leading to the highway. In talking with a neighbor, we found out the gentleman’s name, Mr. Causey, who had a reputation among everyone who identified the truck as being in no hurry--it would take as long as it takes. But, of course, if that were today, he would have someone riding his bumper and blasting the horn.
Most of us have little tolerance for slowness. Unlike Mr. Causey, we want to get wherever we are going as quickly as possible with little patience when things get in the way. But slowness can be a positive and healthy thing; it can slow our heart rates, and bring peace and calm our too busy minds. Moreover, it gives us a new perspective when we de-accelerate. The world looks a whole lot different at 30 mph instead of 65. (Not that I’m advocating doing this on the highway.)
Spiritually it is beneficial for us to slow down too. Instead of speeding through the Word, it takes on different meanings as we slow and re-read, pausing to listen for God’s voice in the text. In it, you will hear something applicable to you in this place and this moment. We should consume scripture at the same pace as Mr. Causey, slow and deliberate.
There is also the slowness of God himself. In our impatience, what we often take for slowness, is instead God’s patience. Where would we be if God acted with rashness and impulsivity? “Oh, well, they didn’t accept me as Lord; I guess I’ll just move on.” Or, “What they’re committing that same sin AGAIN! I’m so done with them.” No, that isn’t God; he exercises slowness always for our benefit.
God, we give you thanks for your patience. Whereas we often act with rashness and reckless impulse, that is not you. In your slowness, you offer all us time to accept you, as long as we have breath. When we mess up, you do not respond with quick retribution but give us time to repent. Your slowness is not slowness at all but your grace extended to us. Please help us to accept, understand, and give thanks for this precious gift. Amen.