June 5 , 2009
“Now here, you see, it takes all the running
you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to
get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” – The
Red Queen, Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
Do we really want our lives dictated by the Red Queen? Whether
or not we want it, we all too often live it. We run as fast as
we can, packing our calendars down to the minute, shutting out
time for prayer, solitude, relationships, and relaxation.
And then we wonder why we aren’t getting anywhere.
But Jesus modeled a different principle. Every time he had to “get
somewhere else” – that is, every time he faced a major
change, decision, or crisis – he slowed down:
went into the desert for forty days before entering his public
- He spent the night in prayer before selecting the apostles.
retreated to Gethsemane before facing the suffering of Calvary.
Why is slowing down so important to moving forward? Because
when we slow down, we regain a true perspective of the situation.
When we slow down, we can refocus on our priorities. When we
slow down, we can hear ourselves think. When we slow down, we
can hear God speak.
- Who have you been modeling your life after?
The Red Queen, or Jesus Christ? Why
- Are you facing a major change,
decision, or crisis? If so, what will you do to carve out time
to slow down so that you can spend unhurried time in prayer
you need to make any lifestyle changes in order to slow down
the pace of your life in general to make time for prayer, solitude,
relationships, and relaxation?