“Step out of the traffic! Take a long loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything”
Psalms 46:10, The Message
One adjective that is constantly attributed to me is ‘busy’. I work two main jobs and several smaller ones, have a variety of hobbies and interests, a (surprisingly) vibrant social life filled with the most interesting and wonderful people, and a strong, happy marriage with one grown child and one that’s nearly there (if you ask me… ask her and you will get a totally different answer). I also have a relationship with God that is growing stronger by the day.
Busy is good, especially by Western standards, and being productive and successful is good as well. But all too often I find myself busy, busy-busy…
An hour and a half at church (Amen) then DASH-
Back to the house where I sit for a couple of hours watching folks play video games (die a LOT!!) then DASH-
To this event that a friend has going on at this or that place then DASH-
I dash here and there, trying hard to fit it all in, but never quite taking it all in. Or sometimes none of it in.
What would happen if I took fewer commitments and sat down with the Holy Spirit gave prayerful consideration to the things covered on Sunday?
What would happen if I dedicated my time to encouraging and being encouraged by a few quality people instead of being simply known and generally liked by many?
What would happen if gave up the things that make me look ‘busy’ and ‘successful’ and became more of a fixture than a blur?
When we ‘step out of traffic’, when we stop running around and being busy (or trying to look busy) and look loving at God, we find that we want to slow down, spend time, and connect, not just with God, but with those in our lives as well. It only makes sense, considering we are made in His image and He desires nothing more than to be and connect with us.
For many of us, looking to God and slowing down would mean not looking as important, popular (which is something we still seek…even after high school), or successful as we want to be. But in God and through seeking Him we become what He wants us to be… and if we have the courage, this is worth much more than anything that we have to give up. It is above everything.