Slow Down

A slower pace sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? However, to most people it also seems impossible. For most of us, slowing down doesn’t appear to be on the horizon. Yet, that is what I feel God is saying to someone today; Slow down.

We live in a fast-paced world. Fast vehicles, fast internet, fast food, fast social media scrolling…day by day it gets even faster. But hurrying through life is not God’s way.

It is not a biblical standard. If we look to the word, to God and our history of redemption, God was never in a hurry. God is patient. He is never rushing to get anything done. His patience can even be exasperating at times.

I am reminded of Jesus. The Bible says the crowd desired to stone Him. Yet, we don’t see Him running for His life, anxious to get away. No, the word of God says He simply walked calmly through the crowd.

In the book of Genesis, we see God creating the world. A day at a time. I am sure God could have completed the entire earth in a second in time – but He didn’t. He didn’t rush through it. Why then, are we rushing through life?

Let’s look at what the word of God says;

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Psalm 37:7

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! Luke 12:27-28

Rushing through life is not God’s way.

If we rush through life, we will miss so much. Many people miss the wonders of today, worrying about tomorrow. They are losing today, rushing to get things done for what lies ahead.

I don’t know if it is my age or the new mindsets God has worked in me, but this I do know. We need to stop and enjoy life. We need to slow down. We need time to develop our relationship with God. That will require meditating in His word. That will require lingering in His presence. Those things cannot be rushed.

We were not created to rush. Hurrying through life is an enemy to us. It has taken me years to realize this truth. When I rush through my days, I miss wonderful memories.

Yesterday, I felt myself rushing. I made a firm decision to stop. I walked out on my back porch and sat down on my swing. Within minutes, Bryson, my grandson, joined me. He sat there swinging and talking with me for a long time. As I looked at him, I realized this was a precious memory. He is 13 going on 16, soon he will be off with friends. Soon, he will be an adult. This is a precious time that I don’t want to miss. Had I not chosen to slow down, I would have missed that moment.

Another thing I want to point out, rushing through life is hard on our body. It creates stress in our body and mind. This will affect the rest of our body. It can even cause sickness and disease. Jesus is our example. Follow Him. Walk as He walked, in patience and peace.
We were not created to live at computer speed. We were designed to live at a slower pace. One that allows us to ponder, to process, to take our time.

Sometimes it is as simple as deciding to slow down. Walk more slowly. Take the time to really listen to conversations. Give your kids your full attention. Lay that phone down. Unplug for a few minutes. Pause. Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. You will be so glad you did.

Meditate on this:
Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10

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