Today the sun decided to continue it’s off and on vacation, I woke to a dreary gray morning surprised at the crispness of the morning. The whole day took on the feeling of a slow paced day, one you normally see in the fall. This evening while watching Jurassic Park, yes I’m one of those people, I realized what an impact the lack of slow, the sum of rain, and the basic creeping chill had on me, it made me slow.
In today’s fast paced world, between work, sports games, kids activities, community activities, runs, golf tournaments, and entertainment venues, we don’t like slow. Slow keeps us from getting us where we want to be. Slow keeps us from fun or prosperity or self-satisfaction. But slow is exactly what we need to be sometimes.
If we keep in mind that we should imitate God so that we can build our relationship with Him AND so others can see Him and come to know Him, then maybe we should reconsider this. After all we know God is slow to anger (Exodus 34:6, Number 14:18, Nehemiah 9:17, Psalm 86:15, Psalm 103:8, Psalm 145:8, Joel 2:13, Jonah 4:2, and Nahum 1:3). And in almost every mention of God being slow to anger, we’re told He is abounding in love. Slow to anger, abounding in love. Does this describe you?
One thing people in our society generally gets upset with is the speed of our legal system, or what we perceive as a lack of speed. It is this same human inability to perceive truth and the whole picture that makes us cry out in frustration and sometimes anger when we feel God is not answering prayers (a promise He has made to do). But it is in this exact lack of speed that God does keep His promise. His promise is to save and so, in an abundance of grace and mercy, He is patient. He is patient because He does not want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Does this describe you?
Pray for a slowness in your life that allows you to embrace what is important, a slowness that allows you to shine in the light of Jesus Christ. Pray that every day when you wake up, you ask for the privilege to be a blessing to another and then pray that every night, when you close your eyes, you are thankful that you were blessed to be a blessing.
Go in peace, Child of God, go slowly.