Slow Down

   I recently had the car’s wheels rotated and balanced. When I told the mechanic that there was vibration between 65 and 70 mph, he replied: “Just slow down and there won’t be a problem.” Well he balanced and rotated the wheels and now I’m driving smoothly. His comment stuck in my mind and has caused me to reflect on the hectic pace of life and the need to purposely make time to slow down.

   The Bible gives several instances of the value of slowing down, taking time to ponder, and simply being still in the presence of God. Psalm 46:10 comes to mind immediately. “Be still and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” The message is clear. One must slow down and take some time to get to know God. Such time is well spent, for getting to know God can bring peace in the midst of a troubled and often too busy world.

   Another thought on the benefit of slowing down is found in the New Testament from the pen of James. He cautions his readers with these words: “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters; You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” Perhaps James was reflecting on what David had written in Psalm 4:4: “Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Thing about it overnight and remain silent.” How often hurt feelings, harmful words and broken relationships could have been averted by slowing down and stopping to think.

   You might recall the visit Jesus made to the home of Martha and Mary. I am sure Jesus appreciated the good meal Martha was busy preparing, but He cautioned her about being so busy that she was missing out on the better part. He told her that Mary had chosen the good part that would not be taken away from her. Slowing down and taking time for Jesus is excellent time management. Time spent with Him will never put you behind.

–Terry Morrison