Slowing down to think about it made me see WHY slowing down is important. Slowing down gives us the ability to look to Jesus. When we are in a hurry, we pass Him in our rush. He’s at the start and finish of our faith, but we can dash past Him in the present if we don’t slow our pace on this marathon of life. Abraham and Sarah are good examples of those who got in a hurry on their faith walk. Like them, we may still inherit our promise, we may still enjoy the benefits of our completed faith, but we can also create a big mess with our haste. In addition, we miss the little things, those God moments crafted for our pleasure, the quiet whispers of His Spirit that speaks peace to our hearts, the reassurance that comes from awareness of His loving presence. And we miss the people, the ones God put in our lives to develop us and those who can show us Jesus and enrich our faith with a simple give-and-take conversation.
It seems that laying aside weights and sins would lighten the load so that we could run SWIFTLY the race set before us, but our encumbrances likely include our overloaded agendas and hectic paces of life that hinder our waiting on the Lord. Maybe we are in such a frenzy, we don’t wait for God’s direction, we don’t hear His quiet voice, we don’t enjoy the inner peace He gives to steady us.We don't like patience; it requires time. Running full sprint feels like we are really getting somewhere. Sadly, it's besetting, or as Thesaurus.com puts it, it hems us in and plagues us.
It’s probable that if we took the time to slow down and LOOK TO JESUS, we’d find ourselves much more able to run with steady endurance the race set before us. Our faith would be stronger, our steps more sure, our stumbling less frequent, our tasks less exhausting, our emotions less overwhelming, and our health much better. Even Aesop advised, “Slow and steady wins the race.” Slow. Patient. Under a load that is easy and a burden that is light rather than weighted down with the cares of life and the frantic pace our inner deadlines demand. Maybe it’s time we put on the brakes. Voluntarily. Time we made ourselves STOP—Spontaneously Temper Our Pace so that we can be Still Til Otherwise Prompted, remembering that the straight and narrow requires a patient stride eyes fixed on Jesus.
Tip/Tidbit: Try making a Don't Do List before making your To Do List.