“It’s not always about how fast you can go, but how far, and how deep”. Those were Gods words to me as I went for my morning run today. As usual He wasn’t just talking about my running technique, but how we live our lives.
It’s far too easy to only give thought to how fast we can achieve and get things done, rather than the importance of doing things well; of thinking deeply, of steadfastness, consistency and faithfulness. The world esteems, and loudly cries out for speed, instantaneity and immediate results. We love the quick, instant success stories, and often overlook the strength and wisdom gained in lasting the distance. In the depth gained by going deeper and further in our relationships, in our revelations, and the knowledge gleaned in not going simply “fast”, but far and deep”.
There is indeed wisdom in God’s admonition to “be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). In other words take ample time in your life to, “get quiet, to sit and wait, to be steadfast, and to take refuge and rest in God and His love and goodness.
“I will say of the Lord, my refuge and my fortress, My God in whom I trust”. (Psalm 91:2)
Perhaps it is because the world and many of us have given way to what could be called “hurry sickness”.
“Hurry sickness” is where you are in a constant state of rush, worry and anxiety about the future. You literally can’t sit still because “rushing and speeding about” have become a lifestyle. These habits have become so obvious that those close to you are always telling you to slow down and relax.
You feel everything is urgent and you always have to be available to people. When people call, email or want to meet with you, you feel you must reply, make time and clear your schedule now! Everything in life is urgent.
You live watching the time, and obsessing about what you have to do and where you have to be next. Instead of simply enjoying and relishing the moment you are in.
When we walk, talk, eat, think, and drive fast even when we don’t need to, it’s a sure sign we need to slow down, and deal with our hurrying.
We succumb to multitasking because it enables us to lead a very busy lifestyle, and aids us when we think we have no spare time. We can do multiple tasks without giving them our full attention. However as a result we can fail to really appreciate the process or moment.
Isn’t it strange that with all our modern technology, appliances, vehicles and opportunities for a less stressful and laborious life, very few of us live totally free from the symptoms of “hurry sickness”.
There is nothing wrong with goals, schedules, good time management, and feeling accomplished. However we do need to be honest with ourselves and examine our lifestyles and habits from time to time. If we are unable to slow down, undertake only one task at a time, enjoy a leisurely meal, just go for a stroll, rather than a power walk, take the time to really listen when people are talking, and live in the moment, perhaps we do need to take the tendency to hurry in hand. Then we will avoid the real consequences and toll that incessant hurrying can take on our spiritual, physical, mental and emotional health.
Today, take some much needed time to “be still, and know that He is God” and He really does have everything under control, when we give it all to Him. Cast your load and cares upon him, slow down a little, and be cured from your “hurry sickness”.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7)
Prayer: Lord I give you my load, and need for hurry, and ask that you instead lead and direct my steps. You know everything I need to be doing, and what is truly important, so please help me to listen and follow your directions. In Jesus name amen.