Hurry up and slow down already
“Yala, Yala!” I can hear a co-worker enticing us to transition into a meeting.
“Pali-Pali!” I can hear a professor teaching us about Korean culture to get moving.
“Let’s go!” I can hear myself calling out to my family from the garage just about any day.
It’s human nature, right? Productive. Efficient. Multi-tasking. These attributes rank high as points of praise for employees, students, and kids alike.
Slowing practices are new for me. There were about a dozen listed in The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook that I reference when wanting to try something new.
None of them sounded like fun.
- Intentionally drive in the slow lane on the interstate.
- Choose the longest line at the grocery store.
- Start each meeting with 1 minute of silence.
- Be the last to get up from any meal.
- Speak more slowly.
And yet, have you ever pictured Jesus in a hurry? Imagine Jesus turning to his crew and saying, “Let’s go already!” Imagine Jesus crossing four lanes of traffic to get into the HOV at a sudden slow down. I have a hard time picturing that!
I mean, our own productivity, of course.
Our own distraction? I mean, our own multi-tasking ingenuity, of course.
Three days this week, at the end of the day, I reflected back that my primary emotion that day was “unhurried.” Deep exhale. Amen. Now, that was during a week of study leave with less pressure, more notifications turned off, and without parenting responsibilities. Can I carry that feeling into this week? I sure hope so.
Jesus extends the invitation to you to find that kind of life: “Come to me.” (Matthew 11:28)
You took the time to read this blog, thank you. Please don’t rush to close it. Set a timer for 1 minute. Start a minute of quiet with a simple prayer, “Jesus, I’m coming to you…” May you find rest for your soul.