Slow Down!

– by Michelle Du Toit

We are always in a rush: to work; to school; to home; to a meeting. We quickly do this and try fit this in. Being in a rush is a characteristic of modern life. For all our convenience and instant technologies, it has not added to our quality of life, it has merely increased the speed of life. We are in such a hurry, that we don’t fully enter into where we are now, or what is in front of us, but hurry off to do the next thing. There is no time to be quiet, to reflect, to be silent. No quiet meals and discussions over a dinner table. No lying on a blanket in the garden. Our rush eats away at our enjoyment of life, it eats away at our hearts. 

This busyness is killing our hearts. As a result, when we go away, it feels like heaven. We break from rushing and do the things we long to do. God wants us to rest. Isaiah 30:15 says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” We know what is good for us, but we prefer to rush. We like to be tired. The God who holds time in His hand, wants us to experience rest. There is time for everything He has planned, including rest. Don’t be so focused on making every minute count, that you miss the moments. If we slow down, we can pay attention to the moments. Pay attention to the people around us. Pay attention to where we are, what moment, what situation, what potential there is to experiencing life before us now. If we slow down and pay attention, we may just pick up what God is doing right now, what He is saying to us, what He needs us to know.

JOY! Magazine (February 2018)

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