I’d been buzzing along at 70 mph when my GPS detoured me through a small town with slow two-lane traffic. As soon as I hit a divided four-lane road I resumed my former speed—plus an extra five mph to make up for lost time.
In my distracted state, I’d failed to notice the slower speed of the other cars. When I finally spotted the speed limit—55—I tapped the brakes. But it was too late. Blue lights flashed behind me several cars back. Maybe it’s an ambulance, I hoped. The lights wove through the cars and settled behind me. Ugh…
All I could do was pray for mercy. The mild mannered cop had none.
I looked for someone to blame, but I was the problem. I’d been so concerned about my destination that I’d lost touch with my surroundings.
Unfortunately, I’m also guilty of speeding through life.
I excuse rushing by telling myself I’ll have more time for better things later. But hurrying, even for a short stretch, takes the joy out of where I am and what I’m doing. And worse, it causes me to push others and miss the pleasure of their company.
During a Q & A session with a leadership team of a ministry that works with at-risk women, a leader asked me how they could help the women they mentor promptly reconcile with relatives who’d formerly betrayed them. In other words, how do they speed up their healing?
I suggested they help them identify and take the next step. “Pushing someone to an ideal they are not ready to take doesn’t speed up the process” I said. “When we faithfully stay in step with God, He takes us where we need to go and transforms us in the process.”
What about you?
- Where are you feeling rushed?
- How does this affect your joy and peace?
- Who else suffers because of your focus?
Our heavenly Father offers wise counsel with a warning:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, ‘No, we…will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore your pursuers will be swift!” (Is. 30:15-16 NIV).
Speeding didn’t help me find my way or make up for lost time. It added stress and regret. Going the speed limit may feel s-l-o-w, but it reflects trust in God and invites His blessing. Take a lesson from my ticket. Chill. Heed the road signs. Enjoy the ride. “In quietness and trust is your strength.” Is. 30:15 Click To Tweet
Debbie W. Wilson
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