Cop: “Sir, do you have any idea how fast you were going?”
Man: “No sir.”
Cop: “You’ve passed two speed limit signs in the last two miles.”
Man: “I was going too fast to be able to read them.”
In our ‘hurry-up-you’re-gonna-miss-something’ world, traveling more slowly doesn’t feel like the right approach. After all, we have agendas!
However, you can miss appointments by rushing. You can fail to make correct turns by being too much in a hurry. Sign posts of life directions can be blurred at too great a speed.
You sometimes get somewhere faster by going slower!
Being impatient is certainly a common ailment in most of us. The driver behind us lets us know his feelings by gently touching our back bumper at 70 miles per hour! But there’s another consequence of our hurry that deserves some attention. Often our proclivity to ‘fast and faster’ takes us right out of God’s timing.
Saint Peter wrote his letter to the church and reminded them that the Lord didn’t downshift to 1st gear in his plan to take us out of this mess to frustrate us… instead, He desperately wants heaven more fully populated and is giving us time to help people accept His invitation. (II Peter 3:9)
James gives similar counsel: “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” James 5:7,8 ESV
He is saying “Cool it brothers and sisters. There’s a precious harvest on its way, but it needs a bit more time. Throttle back and slip back into the Father’s timetable.”
“… to be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark.” Proverbs 19:2 AMPC
Never hurry past God’s signs; don’t miss his divine opportunities, never drown out his voice as you travel. You definitely want to be where He wants you to be, just when He wants you there.
God will make it possible for you to get to every appointment that He has made for you. But if you are not aware of his timing and are travelling at the beat of somebody else’s drum, you’ll miss some of the most exciting adventures He has planned for you!
Pay attention to God’s speedometer, not just yours!