2020: Slow Down
"To walk with Jesus is to walk with a slow, unhurried pace. Hurry is the death of prayer and only impedes and spoils our work. It never advances it."
Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” 4 When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6 And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
What if in 2020 we decide to stop hustling so hard that we miss out on the beauty of the life around us? Intentionally, the first book of the year I am reading is The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer. I read the quote above from that book, and was reminded of Exodus 3 and how Moses was able to notice the burning bush. And it was in fact the noticing of the bush that made his story extraordinary. When I am in a hurry it is easy to miss detail, and it is also easy to miss people and relationships. Slowing down helps us to remain present and remain focused on our why behind what and how we go about doing things.
Instead of taking 2020 as the year with so many goals and striving, maybe it should be a year that we slow down to actually hear the voice of God and see the people He has placed around us?
As John Mark Comer challenges in his book, so far, the way of Jesus necessitates that we slow down and stop with all the hurry. When we hurry we are more focused on our desires, our ambitions, and our culture than the desires of Jesus and His Kingdom.