I hate being in a hurry!
By nature, I like doing what I wanna do at my own pace – I like taking my time. Since I know this about myself, if I have plans to be somewhere at a particular time, for instance, I will start my preparation some 2 hours before then to give me ample time to get myself ready and make my appointment on the dot. On good days – days that I start out early – I get to take all the time I want. I meticulously make sure that everything is in place; spic-and-span.
However, on days that I start out later than usual (for avoidable reasons or reasons beyond control), I find myself hurrying and scurrying to avoid being late. Gone is the ‘slow-and-steady’ approach to getting dressed/prepared. Chai, I totally hate being in a hurry!
Lemme tell you why I hate being in a hurry. I hate it because anytime I am in a hurry, things go wrong. While hurrying and scurrying, frantically trying to be ready on time, one or more of these happen(s):
1. I tend to hit my legs, arms, or other parts on objects around the house. I may end up sustaining slight or massive injury.
2. I lose my interior calmness as well as my cool, unperturbed exterior, which may lead to error in judgement.
3. I forget important things, especially things I need to attend to before dashing out of the house or things I need to take with me.
These days, we live in a ‘fast track’ world. Almost everything happens at the speed of light – just like it happens in cartoons when a genie or fairy godmother waves a magic band and FLASH, there it is (whatever it is)! Nowadays, individuals are unconsciously conditioned to be in a hurry to get what they want and if it does not come fast enough, they begin to explore alternatives, mostly inappropriate ones, and before you can say “Jack,” all hell is let loose as things begin to fall apart.
When faced with such situation, where hurrying becomes the one singular intention aimed at devising a solution, the one thing to do is WAIT on God’s salvation. Waiting is perhaps one of the hardest things to do, yes. However, God, who is in charge of all situations cannot be stampeded into taking action and if He says wait, then wait! Any attempt to hurriedly be in charge of that situation will be messed up in the long run.
“Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14 (NASB)
“Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And He knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who WAIT upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.” Isaiah 40:27-31 (MSG)
Jesus is LORD!