2001-04-06 - Take a Lazy Moment
Psalm 46:10 (NIV) Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
I recently injured my right thumb - nothing serious, but the pain was pretty bad when I would try to use the computer. At first, I thought I might have to take a week or so off, so it would have a chance to heal. But then I found that when I would slow down a little, the pain would almost go away. At the same time, I also found that I was very annoyed and frustrated that it took me twice as long to type a prayer request, letter or paragraph on a research paper. This was a good reminder that sometimes I become too hurried. I find myself often doing two things at once, detesting to wait an extra minute in a line (as I think of all the things I need to be doing) etc.
Now there is a balance involved here. Good time stewardship is a mark of a growing Christian. For example, I have spent a lot of time in the last couple months, in doctors' offices, government offices etc. with the refugee family my church is sponsoring. The waiting time has varied anywhere from an hour to eight hours! I think to sit and stare at the walls would be equivalent to squandering one of God's most precious gifts to us, time. I always take along a textbook or material for Sunday School preparation. However, I also believe that at times, I get caught up too much in rushing.
Sometimes we need to slow down because we can't hear God speaking to us over the rushing. Sometimes we need to slow down to be replenished spiritually, emotionally and / or physically.
What about you? Do you find yourself always driving in the far-left lane -- not only to pass, but putting down roots there? Do you find yourself fretting because the line beside you in the grocery store is moving faster than yours is? Do you feel you are wasting time if you are always doing only one thing at once? If so, I challenge you to make a point to pick one day this week, and purposefully spend a little "lazy" time - moving slowly, thinking slowly, living slowly. Let your mind drift a little, daydream a few minutes, read something "light" (though not "trashy!") Have a little fun! Our Christian walk needs to be balanced.