We are living in a fast-paced world, and we are looking for an instant solution for everything. We have instant coffee, and we have microwaves that can prepare our meals in an instant. We have drive-thru fast-food chains that can give us food quickly. We have fast internet that can allow us to get information immediately. Our phones are designed to help us get things done fast. But with all the gadgets and technology that we have to make our lives quicker and efficient, it gives us more burden to carry. Instead of helping us to make more time to contemplate, meditate, and relax, it leads us to stress and weariness. We hardly go out and smell the roses, walk in the park to enjoy the nature, spend quality time with the family and friends. We become impatient and want to get things done quickly to move on to the next task. And we expect God to move at the same pace as us, and if He doesn't help us according to our timing, we tend to accuse God of not caring or not listening.
God does not work according to our timing because He functions outside of our time. He has no beginning and end, for He existed before He created everything. His goal in our lives is to make us godly and righteous so that we can serve and worship Him. He allows us to wait because it is through waiting that He can shape our character. King David said these words and learned to wait patiently to the LORD, "I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along." (Psalm 40:1-2). When God puts us in a waiting period, He slows us down to give us time to contemplate, meditate, and rest in Him. He pulls us out of a fast-paced mentality to walk with Him and be healed and rest.
God cares about us so much that He knows that we can only go so fast and so far that if we do not slow down, we will crash and burn. Even a racing car designed to drive fast needs a pit stop to get gas and change tires to continue the race.
Ask yourself these questions: When was the last time I took time to contemplate, meditate, and relax? Am I always in a hurry and have no time to spend quality time with the people I love and care about?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, please help me take time to slow down a bit to contemplate, meditate in your Word, and relax. Thank you that my life is in your hand, and you will accomplish your purpose and plan in my life. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.