I’m in a hurry but don’t know why

busyPerhaps you’ve heard the old song by Alabama with lyrics that say “I’m in hurry to get things done, I rush and rush until life’s no fun, all I really gotta do is live and die, but I’m in a hurry to get things done…” The song reminds me to ask, why?

You’ve been there. Speed ahead, only to have the light turn red. We live in a society that places high value on being able to keep busy. Author Robert Foster put it this way, “The more we keep moving around, the more projects we seem to be engaged in simultaneously, the more productive we are-the thinking goes-and therefore, the better business and professional people we must be. This sounds good.  But if we know it is not necessarily true.  Beware of the barrenness of busyness.  Do not be seduced into that trap.  Activity does not necessarily equal productivity, especially when it is frantic and on the verge of being out of control.”

I find this principle expressed very well in this passage from the Bible:  “We need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan, so we’ll be there for the promised completion.  We’re not quitters who lose out.  Oh, no!  We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way” (Hebrews 10: 36-38).

The best part of waiting: Wait, wait, here is comes– “Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted;  but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  (Isaiah 40: 30-31)

God’s timing is perfect. Rest. 

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