“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9.
Sebin loves reading books. When she was little, my mother and Hyemi’s mother shipped us many Korean books, so we still have many at our house. And Sebin just loved to read! But she didn’t like reading them by herself. It’s kind of obvious because she couldn’t read at that time. So whenever she wanted to read, Sebin would pull out a book from the shelf and bring it to either one of us, and we would read to her.
This was just the beginning. When we were done with the book, Sebin put the book away and went for the second book. She was not done yet. She would go for the third book, and so on! She wouldn’t stop! When it was time for bed, we would tell her that we needed to stop reading and go upstairs. She said no! Then we tell her, “Let’s read two more books and go to bed.” So Sebin brings a book. We say, “Two more books.” We read and then say, “One more book. This is the LAST book.” It seemed Sebin didn’t fully understand the word ‘last.’ When we were done with the last book, Sebin said, “One more last book!” We tell Sebin that is not what ‘last’ means, but she didn’t care. She would have to read at least three more ‘last’ books and then finally go to bed!
I wonder if that is God the other way around. To God, ‘last’ doesn’t mean ‘last.’ God is patient with us. He is ‘longsuffering’ toward us. He wants to give it another try with us because He is loving, merciful, and patient. God dearly wants to be with us that, even though when we mess up, He says, “OK, one last time…” again and again. We should look back at how much God has been patient with us in our mistakes and count the times He has said, “Ok, one last time.”