God Irritates Me Sometimes

God irritates me sometimes. Sometimes God works in the world like the movement of a glacier. Glaciers are powerful, moving forces in nature that can literally carve away the surface of granite, but glaciers move at the speed of –  well a glacier. You can stand at the foot of a glacier all day long and see no movement with the naked eye. I’m told glaciers move anywhere between 30 to .5 meters a day, and there are a lot of times in my life when it feels like God is moving toward His goal of “making all things new” at a pace of about 30 to .5 meters a day. At the very same time, God also can choose to work in the world like a bolt of lightning. Apparently lightning flashes at approximately 220,000 miles per hour. So lightning is fast and incredibly powerful, as in 30,000 amperes of powerful electrical energy. And there are times when God  strikes fast and with incredible power. He can turn crucifixions into resurrections in the space of 3 days, and part the Red Sea in an instant.

Here’s the problem I usually run into. God and I are often on different pages about which tempo He “should” be using as He does His work. There are times that I’d prefer for Him to move at a glacial pace, and He decides to hurry the pace and work quickly. Then there are other times when I’d prefer Him to move in a lightning strike, and He just slows things down to the crawl of a glacier. Of course, His pace always proves best but I admit, it can irritate me at times. I’m still learning to accept the tempo of God’s choosing in every season of my life, trusting that His pace is what is most needed in that season.

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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