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Thought for the Week: James 1:11

by admin on February 26, 2012 in Faith, Health, Thought for the Week with 2 Comments

“For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same way with the rich; in the midst of a busy life, they will wither away” (James 1:11).

Slow down. God has been speaking that message to me for awhile now.  Slow down. For the past 8 years, I have been trying to slow down.  The problem is, my idea of slow enough is whether or not I have energy, not whether I am dwelling with Jesus.  Post-college, it was stress I needed to get rid of.  A couple years down the line, it was space that I needed to make for another person in my life.  Then I discovered I had a gluten allergy, which was tanking my system.  After that, I thought if I could only work part-time, then I would have more energy.  Several times along the way I traveled out of the country only to find that parasites were now absorbing all my nutrients, leaving me emptied and exhausted. Now I’m back to eliminating stress from my daily life again (wait, how did that one sneak back in there?).

You can see why this passage has struck me.  I am a doer.  I constantly go.  If I were given a free day, I would fill it with productive things.  If there is a need, I volunteer for it.  And everything I do seems like a good thing, so how could I possibly cut any of it out?  You can relate, right?

But recently, God has been offering Slow down even more persistently than He has before.  This life is temporal.  It will melt away, as will all of my accomplishments and endeavors except for those of Christ.  God is wooing me to Him in His instruction to slow down; He is inviting me to be present in the eternal, even now during my life.  And He has been showing me how to savor deep pockets of solitude and dwelling with Him even in the midst of the thousand commitments that drain my time, talent, and energy.

I urge you, and even beg you, to take an afternoon, an hour, or even twenty minutes, today to be still in the presence of the Lord.  Let Him refocus your mind, re-position your pursuits, refresh your spirit, and rejuvenate your body so that you will not wither away in the midst of your wedding planning (and your other thousand commitments) without savoring the very thing that will withstand at the end of your life.

Lord, I believe it is for Your sake that I do so many good things.  But I know myself well enough to confess that sometimes it’s my desire for control or my pride that keeps me overly productive.  Forgive me, Jesus.  Teach me how to dwell with You!  Fill me up with Your lasting presence, and shine a light on any sin related to busyness that I need to confess and repent of.  I want You to shine through me, and I know that I stifle Your light when I’m too hurried or distracted.  Woo me, Lord.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay
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    • Modupe @ Hephzibah Bride says:

      Amen! Yes I need to slow down! In my outlook calendar at my day job, I have reminders 3 times a day for ‘Selah’ moments and I have to admit, I often ignore them! Thanks for this reminder that I do need to observe them.

    • admin says:

      I love that idea! Thanks for sharing that, Modupe.