Nick Jones

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Slowing Down

Slowing Down

“Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day.” – Psalm 25:5

At the church office we a have a computer that I use rarely. In fact, it’s hardly ever used by anywhere here at the church. It sits on the secretary’s desk looking pretty. You would think that we would utilize it more often. Perhaps we would use it for making the church bulletin, maybe we would use it for building flyers and other programs. We would possibly use it for all these things and more but for one thing, it’s slow.

Turn it on and you have to wait 5 minutes for it to completely boot up. Type in the password and you must wait another 5 minutes for it to log in. Double-click an icon and we’re now waiting another 5 minutes for it to open the program, not to mention waiting for it to catch up to your typing speed. It is an understatement to say that this computer is very slow. If I could find a better word to use than slow I would use it to describe this computer. We have spent more time waiting for this computer to catch up than getting work done. So it usually stays off.

But then I look at the Redwood tree and realize that it’s also slow. It takes more than one day for these gentle giants to grow. In fact, to get to the size they are it takes hundreds of years. Waiting for a Redwood tree to mature takes a very long time because they’re slow.

In our faced paced world how often do we slow down? How many times do we take time to slow down and wait? I dare say many of us don’t. We want to continue going at break neck speed because that means we’re getting something done. What ever happened to slowing down and smelling the roses?

God is asking you to slow down for a bit. Look at what David said in Psalm 25:5 “Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all day long.” David recognized that God was worth waiting for, that God was worth slowing down for. So take some time each day to slow things down and say, “God, I’m here. Let’s talk for a bit.”

 

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