My favorite scripture is Psalm 46:10.
Be still (cease striving) and know (recognize) that I am God (Psalm 46:10).
It’s painted on a block of wood in my office. It’s framed as a picture in my living room. It’s my favorite scripture because – I need it. I need to see it often, especially when I start to feel stress. It helps me to stop and consider how I am living at the moment. What am I doing in the fast lane trying to hurry when there is no legitimate need to hurry? Psalm 46:10 helps me slow me down and remember who is in charge.
The Message Bible says it this way, “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at Me, your High God, above politics, above everything.”
Early in the morning before sunrise I can hear traffic on the highway about a mile from my house. People are in such a hurry today with places to go and people to meet. Even in the nearby retirement community people seem to be in such a rush. I have to wonder what do retired people have to be in such a hurry for? Isn’t that the idea behind retirement – to slow down, take life a little easier?
Hurry is more about attitude than speed. Whatever the reason it must be dealt with if we are going to walk with the unhurried Savior.
Hurry makes life blurry
Hurry will cause you to miss some things that God has for you. In the parable of the good Samaritan, both the priest and the Levite were too busy on the ministry hamster wheel to help a dying man. They missed a life changing moment! Author Henri Nouwen said,
“I have always been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted; then I realized that the interruptions were my work.”
If Moses had been in a hurry he may have missed his divine appointment with God at the burning bush.
For me, I realize that when I am in a hurry I tend to make mistakes. If I am in a hurry when I am trying to repair something at home – look out!
Most car accidents happen because someone was in a hurry, usually for no good reason. I think for most people today that hurry is an addiction and must be treated as such. It’s a sign of our times. The trouble is when I am in a hurry – God isn’t!
So guess who needs to change?
I read a good book about this subject and if you are interested in eliminating hurry from your life like me, I recommend it. “An Unhurried LIfe” by Alan Fadling.
Here are some things I am learning along my journey that may help you.
Begin to catch yourself in a hurry. Realize this is your flesh wanting to control and must be dealt with. The flesh is hostile to God (Romans 8:7). Practice the discipline of slowing down – drive the speed limit or less. Thank God for stop lights as His little reminders that you need to slow down. Don’t laugh, it works! It is certainly better than getting all worked up. Remember life is a journey. How sad to hurry to a destination but fail to enjoy the journey.
You have to be intentional about being unhurried! It won’t just happen. Try soaking prayer. For more about this go to YouTube and look up, Soaking: How to enter to rest with Graham Cooke.
Practice being slow to speak (James 1:19). Take time to think before you speak. Spend some time in prayer and fasting. Fasting slows your body down automatically.
Post Psalm 46:10 at your office, in your car, and at home to remind you step out of the traffic of a hurried life and take a long, loving look at God.
I am interested to hear how this blog speaks to your life. Leave me a comment below.
Thanks for slowing down and taking your time to read my blog.