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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Oct. 13, 2010 - How Long Till We Get There?

By Greg Ebie

When pastoring in Toronto, Ohio, we would often make the 90-mile trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. It wouldn’t take long before one of the kids would ask, “Are we there yet?” And then another would ask, “How much longer?”

One of my favorite responses was to simply say, “When we’re there, we’re there!” Of course that didn’t satisfy the kids. Children have a difficult time understanding time. To say we’ll be there in about an hour has no more meaning than to say we’ll be there in 10 minutes.

To help our kids understand time, we began to tell them that the trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house takes about three VeggieTales (that’s about 90 minutes). Then as we would travel we would say, “We’ve got two more VeggieTales until we’re there.” Everyone got excited when we had less than one “Veggie” to go. Still, regardless of how we measure time, it always seems to take too long for kids.

We’re just like that when we try to understand God’s timing. God will act when He is ready.

“You say, ‘I’m calling this meeting to order, I’m ready to set things right” (Psalm 75:2, The Message).

God has set an appointed time to bring judgment to the world. Like my kids traveling, we want God to hurry up and get things started. As finite humans, we struggle to understand time from God’s perspective. We want everything to happen NOW, and don’t understand that God’s timing is perfect. God is not willing for any to perish, so He waits.

When we look at the events unfolding in our world today, the signs show us that God’s time for judgment is getting close. It won’t be long before Jesus will return to establish His kingdom with righteousness and justice for all. Yes, come Lord Jesus!

In God’s timetable, I can imagine God saying, “Less than one VeggieTale until Jesus returns to set things right.” Let’s get excited! We are living in the final days leading up to the second coming of Christ. I wonder how long one of God’s “Veggies” is.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

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