Slow Down

“When will you stop running? When will you stop panting after other gods? But you say, ‘Save your breath, I’m in love with these foreign gods, and I can’t stop loving them now.” Jeremiah 2:25

“Mommy, slow down so you won’t get so stressed,” says my daughter, as she is trying to catch up to me when I am walking. Her words stunned me. I stopped to breathe because I was holding my breath from rushing around so much. I can’t even remember why I was so frantic.

My daughter may only be 9 years old, but she seems to understand things better than I do sometimes. She said, “if you take your time, you won’t be so confused about what to do.” How does she get that and I don’t? Maybe because I believe the lie, that if I look and act busy, I will appear important and successful.

Just a few days later, I went to buy a bucket of paint for our fence. I had an appointment to attend in the next 15 minutes and decided to go to the hardware store beforehand to pick it up. All I needed was exterior white paint. How hard could that be?

I walked into the paint department and the sales associate was talking to a customer. No one else was there to help me. I began looking at my watch and let out a few deep sighs to get her attention. She ended her conversation and walked over to assist me. I told her all I need is a bucket of white exterior paint.

“Do you want flat, satin or semi-gloss?”

Huh? I just want to paint the fence, so it doesn’t look trashy.

I replied that I just wanted something that will last a few years on an outdoor fence. She went on to explain what each paint does and what would be best. I was looking at my watch, thinking about how I may be late.

We agreed on a paint and she said, “let me mix it for you.” She put it in the machine.

“Oh no, how long will this take?” I asked.  The salesperson replied, “just a minute and a half.” “Oh good, I have an appointment in 10 minutes nearby.” I replied.  She said, “Oh honey, you shouldn’t shop in a hurry.”

I laughed out loud. I said to her, “from God’s mouth to your ears.”

She proceeded to tell me how she sees customers all the time come in 5 minutes before they close and request 5 buckets of gallon paint, all in different colors. I told her how I have been hearing to “slow down and not be in a hurry” recently. She winked at me and said “then do it.”

I made it to my appointment with 2 minutes to spare.

Everyone is in a hurry. Life has become so packed, we can barely breathe, literally. Nothing good ever comes from being in a hurry. I even wrote a blog post about that too and I still forget and get caught up, like everyone else.

I was even advised by my doctor that I need to chew 30 times for every bite of food. She said that most of my digestive issues will go away if I eat more slowly and mindful, not in a hurry. That is without t.v., in a car or in front of a phone. I can’t remember the last time I sat down at a table and chewed a meal well. I usually gulp and then have a stomach ache every time I eat while I am watching television on at my desk at work while I work. And you makes a huge difference. It is nice to enjoy a meal without indigestion or heartburn!

God is never in a hurry. There are reasons that good things take time. The busyness of this word, does not need to be the way we operate.

Lesson Learned: Being in a hurry may be the way of the world, but not the way it has to be for us.

“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive us for being in a hurry and forcing things to come about. Remind us that time is relative when it comes to how you operate. Let us be mindful of our behavior and help us breathe easily no matter how stressful things may get. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”

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