Here is a quote I heard on the radio as I was moving with traffic on I-45 at “slightly”over the speed limit.
“Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life. Godliness and hurry are incompatible”
This made me think. My being in a hurry could be linked to a self important attitude. Is my time or appointment more important than those I share the freeway with? Or is my time more valuable than others in the grocery line, parking space, gas station, shopping center, etc?
If I think so, then pride could be at the root of my hurry and, of course, contrary to the Kingdom of Our Lord.
Jesus was never in a hurry, but He was also never late.
Now, my excuse could be things were simpler then. He had no reason to hurry. Then I remembered Lazarus. Here is a snapshot of that story.
First, in the book of John, we hear the following:
“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was two more days,
and then he said to his disciples, ‘Let us go back to Judea’.” John 11:5-7
So Lazarus is very sick. Jesus often healed the sick. So you might think He would “hurry” to Judea to help his friend. But he stays two more days before heading out. When He arrives in Judea, Lazarus has already been dead for four days. And Martha, Lazarus’ sister, speaks to this saying, “Lord if you had been here, he wouldn’t have died.” Which was absolutely true. But even under the pressure of close friends, illness and death, Jesus didn’t hurry.
Now the story ends well and Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, which is amazing and is great news.
However, my point is Jesus didn’t hurry and yet completed the Father’s will perfectly.
And so can we.
This is not a passport to be lazy. But we should carefully decide how we can steward our time and only say “yes” to the things that God has called us to.
And to do that we must learn to “say no, artfully, kindly and with excellence.”
So if indeed godliness and hurry are incompatible, I need to make a conscious effort to “slow down,” counting others as more important than myself.
So next time I see you, I hope to have a little more time to chat
over a Cup O’ Joe.