God has a way of coming at me from lots of different angles when He’s trying to get through to me. He really got my attention a few weeks ago when our pastor began speaking on the same thing I was reading about at the time.
I was reading Breathe – Finding Space for God in a Hectic Life by Kerri Kent. It was a book written for moms and challenged us to reflect on our lifestyles, habits, and commitments. Are they all necessary at this season of life? What is most important? Although I don’t really consider our family life to be terribly busy, it was a great book to read before my kids get to the ages where they will want to be involved in different sports or activities.
Then Chuck spoke at the same time at Crossbridge about slowing down and taking time for silence. I guess it was like my spiritual speeding ticket, if you will. “Do you know how fast you were going, little lady?” I didn’t think I was in overdrive, but maybe God just wanted to give me a gentle warning.
Little boys don’t know what time it is. They don’t care. And come to think of it, neither did Jesus. His clock was ruled by love and love alone. It makes me want to intentionally slow my life down and stop all the hurrying I seem to do. It makes me want to be more loving and less harried. Here are the 5 questions Chuck had us think about…
What is it that is driving me to push so hard all the time?
What am I trying to accomplish?
Who am I trying to impress?
Does God really ask me to do all I am doing?
What needs to happen in me to become the kind of person that leads an unhurried life?
And I love how funny God is sometimes. During this same time, I ran across a verse in Psalms that made me smile: “I will hurry, without lingering, to obey your commands.” (Ps.119:60) I guess that’s the only time a follower of Christ needs to hurry!