“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9, NIV)
In the midst of summer’s swelter, it is easy to forget about winter’s icy chill. While enjoying a leisurely swim in the refreshing waters of a lake, one seldom thinks about the danger that water will hold in December.
Paul urged Timothy to come to him before winter. Perhaps the urgency of his request had to do with the cessation of sea travel during winter. Or Paul may have known that he would no longer be living on this earth that winter.
What if Timothy had procrastinated. “I’m sorry, sir, our next ship will leave the first of spring.” Can you hear Timothy pleading, “But, sir, I’ve got to get to Rome!” The words of Paul still reverberating in his mind, “Do your best to get here before winter.”