With winter finally behind us, it’s a beautiful day here in upstate New York. We all had a good laugh when our neighbor said, “We better hurry and enjoy the day because winter will return soon.”
I catch myself hurrying more often than I’d like to admit.
But, when I do catch myself, I ask, “Is this an appropriate time to hurry?”
Hurrying isn’t terrible. We read in Luke 19:5, “And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.’” (ESV)
But, hurrying sometimes isn’t the best. Things get spilled or forgotten. We cut someone off. Or, we forget to take a nap.
Blogger, Cierra Cotton wrote about the importance of resting and being still in this hurried world, saying, “Resting is Biblical. I mean look at God, even He rested on the 7th day. If God who is Sovereign and all powerful took a day to rest than that means I definitely need to sit my tail down and rest. I’m learning to take time as I go throughout my day for “rest breaks.” Even if it’s just 5 minutes to take a deep breath, be still, and acknowledge God’s presence. Just to thank for all that He’s done so far and ask Him to give me strength to continue on with my day.”
I’ve also realized that the sheer act of slowing down to a normal pace, can be restful.