Trusting God’s Slowness.
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This is the end of the highest rack railway in the world, the Pikes Peak Railway. At 14,114 feet above sea level, the view is spectacular. Jumping off the end of this track would feel like vaulting off the end of the world, a beautiful leap into oblivion.
Does it make you nervous to see the end of the railway? Those wooden blocks at the edge don’t seem as if they’d do much good stopping a runaway train. Of course, the trains never go this close to the end and the odds of a runaway train pulling uphill are steep. The train runs on cog wheels that fit into the track to pull it forward and its top speed is 9 mph. We can feel safe on this train, and so we can enjoy the view in front of us.
From here we can see rivers, lakes, cities, mountains, plains, a blue sky and puffy white clouds. It feels like we can see all of creation and it is good. When we are down off the mountain it can be difficult to remember that. It seems that the evil which surrounds us has taken over the world. We cry out and ask God why He has allowed things to become such a mess – why does He not end it all now so we may begin the joy of Heaven?
“But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:8-9 New American Standard Bible
God’s timing is perfect. If He rushed in and ended it all many would perish, just like a train flying off this track. He moves slowly for a purpose, to lead as many as possible to repentance. He does not want anyone to miss out on the glorious view that is coming, and it is worth the wait.
Text and Picture Copyright Richelle Hecker