Devotional for Wednesday May 20th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Change can be good for you”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “But those who wait on 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 40:31 (NKJV)
 
Our thought for today: “Slow down and let your soul catch up with your body.”
 
There’s an old story that tells of a missionary in Africa who hired a group of natives to help transport his supplies a long way to a remote location. The journey was going to take several days and the missionary was eager to get to his destination so he urged his team to move fast and to keep going, on and on and on, mile after mile after mile. Finally, in the evening, once they arrived at their camp, the exhausted tribesman dropped their loads and collapsed on the ground.
 
The next morning the eager missionary wanted to get an early start but he wasn’t able to get the natives moving. They took their time doing their morning chores and seemed in no hurry to resume their march. Finally, the frustrated missionary demanded to know what was going on. One of the natives then patiently explained that they had moved so fast the day before that they now needed to wait for their souls to catch up with their bodies. I think that’s true for many of us sometimes too. We need to slow down and let our souls catch up with our bodies.
 
The most common piece of advice the great Christian writer and philosopher Dallas Willard used to give to those who came to him for counseling was, “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” Dallas would then go on to explain, “Hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”
 
This is a challenge for many of us. Read the Gospels. Jesus was never in a hurry. If we are going to be like Him then we need to slow down and not be in a hurry either. Jesus had sufficient time to accomplish the things God wanted Him to do. Anything outside of that would have been something He wasn’t supposed to be doing anyway, and so He just ignored those things.
 
Also, Jesus was fully present in the moment. Whatever the task at hand, whoever the person he was focused on, that task or that person got His full attention in that moment. It has often been said that the secret to happiness is to be fully present in the moment, the now. We often waste so much emotional energy reliving the past or worrying about the future that we miss the present. Pastor and author John Ortberg once noted that we get so busy and distracted that “we just skim our lives instead of actually living them.”
 
Hopefully during this time of social and economic shut-down you’ve had a chance to slow down a bit and let your soul catch up with your body. That would be a good change to carry with you out of this time. We need to ruthlessly eliminate hurry from our lives.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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