In reading through the Gospels, have you ever noticed that Jesus was never in a hurry? He was always full of intentionality, full of purpose, and full of life. In His public ministry, He was strategically busy, but He was never in a hurry.
I don’t know about you, but this often flies in the face of my approach to life and ministry. But in this season for my family and me– a time of continuing to grieve, reflect, and wait on the Lord– God has been teaching me some new rhythms. Actually, they really aren’t new. Some people would call them ancient rhythms.
In my reading times now, I spend more time reflecting– sometimes deeply. Presently I’m reading a book by John Ortberg called “Soul Keeping: Caring for the most Important Part of You”. The principles of Sabbath, silence, and solitude have been incredibly refreshing over these last nine months, since Kristen passed. One of Kristen’s favorite verses was Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God…” Along the same lines, I like how Ortberg concludes one chapter: “Doing nothing does wonders for the soul”. When you lose a loved one, things change. Your soul changes. Your thinking changes. Your priorities change. The Lord has been saying to me: pause, reflect, meditate; don’t hurry, Kurt.
It’s okay to be busy, but don’t be in a hurry. Follow the ancient rhythms of your Savior, Jesus. The great preacher Vance Havner once said: if you don’t come apart, you will come apart. How about you? How might God want you to avoid being in such a big hurry? How might the Lord want you to slow down and have more times of reflection and meditation– so that your life has more purpose, more meaning, more fulfillment, and even more fruit for the Kingdom?