30Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. -Isaiah 30:30, 31 (KJV)
We dwell in a world which is always in a hurry. People are in such big hurries we have forgotten how to slow down and enjoy the moment. We have a difficult time enjoying where we are because we are in such a hurry to get to where we want to be. And once we’re there we get in a rush to go to the next place. It’s no wonder stress related health problems are on the increase. When we live in a hurry our priorities can easily become out of order. We begin to rush through time with family, time for ourselves, and we also rush through our time with God. Or worse, we neglect this vital discipline all together. Why do we think we will accomplish more if we rush our way through life? In the end we accomplish less and what we do finish we don’t do as well.
When we trust Christ day-by-day and move forward in His will our spiritual resolve is strengthened. Learning not to get in a hurry makes us stronger spiritually. Do you know why? The answer is we learn to wait on the Lord. The waiting brings spiritual strength and resolve. We cease from trying to rush God’s will and instead we learn to wait for God’s will to be done. We do well when at all possible to slow down and not get in a hurry.
There is no indication in Scripture that Jesus ever got in a hurry about anything. He took the needed steps to ensure His heart was always attuned to the Father’s will so that He would accomplish what He came into the world to do. We are called to follow Christ’s example. God is calling His people to pray, witness, get excited about knowing the Lord, reach out in His name, and confront the apathy which exists in the world and the church today. None of this happens quickly. It happens when we trust Christ day-by-day.
Slow down my friend. Take time to enjoy the simple and free blessings which are all around us and are there for the taking.
Rise up earlier so you will have more time to pray and you won’t have to rush to work.
Smile more often at people around you.
Practice random acts of kindness.
Write a letter to an old friend.
Pick up the phone and call someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time.
Tell others how much you appreciate them and how important they are to you.
Stop just thinking about getting your heart right with God and do so today.
We are called to be faithful, and we must leave the results with God, for He is always faithful. Slow down, learn to enjoy the moment, find rest in God, and let God have His perfect will in your life.