Everyone seems to be in a hurry. New York rushes on, aggressively attacking life, sucking everything possible from each day. California is just as fast in its own way. Work may be in balance with personal lives, however the pace of any given moment is equally hectic, rushed, and cramped with all kinds of commitments, events, and happenings. Even when nothing is happening the tendency is to fret about future hectic moments.
I’ve championed the willingness to work for decades. There is a large part of me which is absolutely comfortable with this approach. Even as it requires discipline, dedication, and a sense of unknown – it brings its own rewards. Yet I fear the very principle I have championed had become an idol for many including myself. What if there were an alternative? What if the alternative extended beyond our work lives into our personal space and the bridge between both and God?
I am increasingly finding God calling us to this state of being. Some got the message. Their response is telling; “We're in no hurry, God. We're content to linger in the path sign-posted with your decisions. Who you are and what you've done are all we'll ever want.” (Isaiah 26.8) What if I applied this to every aspect of my life? If I did then the following would likely emerge.
First, the kingdom of God would be something in the present. It will improve in time, but the immediate benefits of grace, mercy, and community can and will be experienced by those willing to step into Divinity’s community.
Second, time with family and friends would take center stage. We would forgo fast food to break bread with those around us. We would abandon the rush which consumes us to smell the flowers, be attentive to the events in the lives around us, and nurture wonder and beauty.
Third, we would slowly gain and know our sense of purpose. The latter will never come from the intellect; it is born in the heart and realized in our day to day steps.
Timing is everything.
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