Try To Slow Down (1)

Jul 2, 2023

‘You will not leave in a hurry, running for your lives. For the Lord will go ahead of you; yes, the God of Israel will protect you from behind.’Isaiah 52:12 NLT

Have you heard of ‘hurry sickness’? People who have it drive fast, zooming in and out of the traffic; they try to be the first off the plane, even though they must wait like everyone else at baggage claim; they are always looking at the time while waiting in a queue, tapping their fingers and hopping from one foot to another like someone busting to go to the toilet.

They remind us of hummingbirds. These tiny birds can fly forward, then hover in mid–air going nowhere. Their tiny wings can move up to 75 times each second! The trouble is, their average life span is only three years compared to an eagle that lives 30 years. What’s the difference? The eagle has learned to conserve its energy by riding the God–given wind currents. The message here is simple: when you draw on the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, you last longer and go higher than you ever dreamed.

One pastor said he was a ‘stress–distributing machine’ when he was younger, and everybody around him felt it. One day one of his kids said to him, ‘Daddy, I’ll try to hurry up and tell you this.’

He replied, ‘It’s okay, honey, you can speak slowly.’

After a long pause, he had an ‘aha’ moment when his child said, ‘Then—listen—slowly!’

Deciding to move at a slower pace will definitely improve the quality of your life and your relationships.

SoulFood: Josh 6:1–25, Luke 7:36–50
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2023

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