March 6, 2020 | Kristen Teglovic
Lately, I have been convicted that I live much of my life in a hurry. Hurrying to get to work so that I am not late, rushing to accomplish my tasks for the day, then hurrying to get home so that I can complete all of the things that I need to get done in the evening. However, in the past few months, it seems that I can’t pick up a book or listen to a new song or sermon without catching the theme that if I do not slow down, I will miss all of the goodness that walking daily with the Lord provides.
I am currently reading a book titled The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer. This book has helped me to see Jesus in a new light, one that I have always been aware of but never paid attention to. During his earthly ministry, after Jesus would spend the day teaching and healing people, he would often withdrawal to a place to be with his Father. Comer puts it this way “Jesus’ schedule was full. To the brim at times. In a good way. Yet he never comes across as hurried.” This is a truth that can be seen across the Gospels.
I wonder how many times a day I miss essential things because I simply “do not have the time”? I forget to be present in the moment, to linger in conversation, even to pray, because moving to the next thing seems to be more important. John Ortberg puts it this way, “Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”
In my reflection over these things, Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28-30 have helped to give me a great mental picture of what this kind of living looks like “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (ESV).” I also love these verses in the Message translation, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? 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.”
Picture a life of walking and working side by side with Jesus. Such a beautiful image, this is the life the Father desires for us.