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Mr. Haste
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“Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm.”  Psalms 37:3:8
 
     There is this guy I know, his name is Mr. Haste and he is always in a hurry. Maybe you know him to. His pace is so fast; I can hardly keep up with him.  He is involved in everything at church; chairman of the board, elder, maintenance man, stewardship leader, young adult leader, just a whirlwind of activity. There is one in every crowd and you can pick him out easily for he is usually wringing his hands and his tongue is hanging out of his mouth.

     But there is something about this pace that does not seem right to me. I cannot find any stories in the bible where Jesus behaved this way. Can you? Jesus never had a harried pace. His purpose was infinite and he had three and a half years to complete His task. He took each day as it came and never once do you hear Him telling his disciples; “hurry up; we got a lot to do today”.  Well, there is one exception and that is Judas, he did tell him to do what he had to do quickly. (John 13:27)

     God wants us to be still and take delight in Him. He desires for us to see His goodness, to feed on His faithfulness, to sit back and trust completely in Him. There is no need for us to have our plates so full that we cannot enjoy God and our families. One would think that it depends solely on us to complete all the tasks that are at hand.  Trust me, it doesn’t. Are you willing to give God your plans for each day?  Are you willing to honestly look at all you do and maybe let go of a few things?  Maybe your plate isn't too full, but you still seem to need more time with Jesus. Do as the above text says; “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”, “rest in Him, wait patiently for Him” and “stop from fretting, it only causes harm”.  None of these things sounds like things that are done in a hurry to me. Spending quaility time, takes time. 

     When we fill our plates so full that we cannot take time for God and our families then we are cheating ourselves out of what matters most. You are His priceless treasure and He would like you to slow down so you and He can get to know each other a little better. Be still and know that He is God (Ps. 46:10) and rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.

Blessings, 
Pastor Lori