Slow Down

I have always been a fast-paced person.  Frankly, being only five-feet tall, I have often had to walk fast just to keep up.

In everyday life I find myself, rushing about, doing this and that.  Simply because I have a lot that needs to be accomplished in a day.  Therefore, I rush about.

I shared with you my Mom’s upcoming wedding.  Her husband-to-be, Russell, is a kind man.  He has lived a long time and he knows a lot about many different things.  He works hard at his business daily.  Yet, there is one thing about him that has captured my attention and caused me to take a new look on how I go about my day.

The first time I saw this trait, we were walking from his house to his garden.  It was a few hundred feet away, however, it should not take but a couple minutes to get there…at least not at my quick pace.

But Russell was in no hurry.  He has this extremely slow pace to him.  He is a tall man, so one of his steps is probably 3 of mine.  But it wasn’t that.  His pace was slow and had a peace about it.  It had nothing to do with his age, it was his mindset.  He takes things slow.

He is never in a hurry.  He is never anxious.  Nothing worries him.  He will get there when he gets there.

Recently I have found myself seeing his pace when I tend to get in a hurry.  Each time I have begun to feel rushed, I stop and think about his pace.  And how it has peace about it.

Luke 10:38-42 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 12:27-28 says; 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!

I didn’t realize this profound truth until I read this scripture today.  When I am toiling and spinning, rushing to get things done, it is showing my faith…or lack thereof.  Ouch!

Today, I choose to slow down.  To remind myself, “God’s got this!”  I can trust in Him. I can trust in His word.  I can choose to be still and know He is God.

We all have many things that must be done in a days’ time.  And we all have a choice in how we do them.  We can toil and spin, or we can do them in peace.  It’s up to us.  These days, when I find my little feet going ninety miles an hour, I remember Russell.  Then I remember what the word says, and I slow down.

When I find life seems to be rushing past me, demanding my time.  I choose to stop and sit at my Master’s feet for a few moments…choosing the good part.  The one that will not be taken from me.

Tomorrow will come, with all its challenges.  Don’t let the worries of tomorrow steal your today.  Enjoy it.  Enjoy life.  Jesus died that we might have and enjoy life to the fullest, until it overflows.  Stop, slow down and enjoy the life He died to give you.

 

 

Meditate on this:

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.  Lam. 3:25

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