This time of year is full of hurry. We are overbooked, over stimulated, and over spent. So much to do, so many functions and so many gifts to buy. Yesterday was a day of hurry for me. I had Physical Therapy first thing in the morning, then was in charge of our staff’s annual cook off and hanging of the green at the church in addition to some other responsibilities.
I left home before 8 with just enough time to get to PT with everything I needed for the day in tow. I got about 10 minutes from home and literally could not remember if I had closed the front door. The FRONT DOOR, people!!! We have two big dogs and as I drove I was just imagining them running free all over the neighborhood. But, if I turned around I would miss PT. So, I went to physical therapy all the while worrying about my dogs.
When my appointment was over, I drove all the way back home just to make sure I had closed the door. And, it WAS in fact closed. Ugh. My brain in the hurry of the morning was on overload.
Isn’t it funny how hurry affects our minds. Minds that are normally pulled together, type A brains can be turned upside down and inside out by hurry.
Luke 2:15-17 says, “When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” So, they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby, who was lying in the manger. After they had seen the Child, they spread the message they had received about Him…”
After reading this scripture my questions would be: What if we were in a hurry to be in the presence of Jesus? I wonder how hurrying into His presence would affect my mind?
In this busy, hurried season I would just ask you to join me in hurrying to Him above all else. To sit next to Him for just a moment each day in hurried anticipation of what He has for you, His child. When your eyes open in the morning, before your feet hit the floor…hurry to Him if even for a brief few minutes.
One of my favorite verses of Scripture in The Message translation of The Bible is Matthew 11:28-30. It says, “Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Hurry into His presence daily and learn to live “freely and lightly.”
Sit for two minutes in silence simply breathing deep. Pay attention to your breathing and pray silently that God would give you a deep desire…a hurried anticipation to be in His presence every day.
Breath deep His presence today! Don’t wait. Hurry to it! Hurry to Him!