From Rick Siel:
Those of you that know me know that I tend to stay busy, looking for projects, making plans and go places. These current circumstances have resulted in many, if not all of us to rethink and adjust our use of time. It has created the pause button of life to be pushed for us. That said, it has allowed me opportunities to spend more time in His Word and reading some of my favorite books, for the second time.
Frederick Faber, a nineteenth-century writer writes about the necessity of slowing down and waiting for God: “In the spiritual life God chooses to try our patience first of all by His slowness. He is slow; we are swift and precipitate. It is because we are but for a time, and He has been for eternity…. There is something greatly overawing in the extreme slowness of God. Let it overshadow our souls, but let it not disquiet them. We must wait for God, long, meekly, in the wind and wet, in the thunder and the lightning in the cold and the dark. Wait, and He will come. He never comes to those who do not wait. He does not go on their road. When He comes, go with Him, but go slowly, fall a little behind; when he quickens His pace, be sure of it, before you quicken yours. But when He slackens, slacken at once, and do not be slow, but be silent, very silent, for He is God.”
Perhaps God is speaking something similar to you? Some of us might find we are living a life of worry, hurry, anger or fear, or maybe self-importance and pettiness, so let us slow down and listen to the Lord, seeking to stay healthy in our spiritual life. My brother Eric Rossman recently shared a word of encouragement; we are to have “a heart satisfied only by God.”
Hurry is an enemy of our spiritual health today. Spend some time with the Lord instead.