“But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength”
– Isaiah 40:31
Recently I watched workmen install several speed bumps on the driveway outside my office window, which led me to consider speed bumps which GOD places in our lives! Several things are true of speed bumps:
- They are there to slow you down.
- If you ignore them, you can do great damage.
- They are there for your protection and for the protection of others.
West coast theologian Dallas Willard, when asked about the key to a victorious Christian walk, replied “Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” Often this is a difficult thing to do, and not necessarily because we want to make another dollar or buy another toy. Often our busyness has to do with a desire to be available to help others. As people involved in ministry, we need to slow down now and then, sharpen our spiritual focus, rest our weary bodies, and gain a new perspective. When Elijah was feeling defeated after some great spiritual victories, God told him to rest, then woke him up and fed him, told him to rest again, and woke him up and fed him a second time, and then Elijah was prepared to continue his ministry. (I Kings 19)
Maybe God has placed some strategic speed bumps in your path to slow you down a bit. Perhaps this recent pandemic has caused you to spend more time at home and less time dealing with the frantic pace of life that once was the norm for you. When you recognize a trial or a change as a divine speed bump, pay attention! If you ignore it, you can do great damage to yourself, your family, your friends, your ministry, your church. Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is slow down and rest!
Charles Swindoll once said, “In place of our exhaustion and spiritual fatigue, God will give us rest. All He asks is that we come to Him…that we spend a while thinking about Him, meditating on Him, talking to Him, listening in silence, occupying ourselves with Him – totally and thoroughly lost in the hiding place of His presence.” Perhaps we need to adjust our perspective. Rather than viewing recent schedule changes as a distraction and disruption, perhaps we are encountering a Divine speed bump designed to slow us down and save us from major damage to our lives and the lives of those around us. Be grateful for the change of pace, and seek to develop your relationship with the Heavenly Father while life isn’t quite so frantic.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for sending an occasional speed bump into my life to slow my pace and to cause me to reflect on my relationship with You. Help me to take advantage of my “new normal” to focus on the things that are really important so that my output is a result of the overflow of my time with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
John G. Gage
Former Worship Pastor