It is easy to rush. Whether it is getting to work, completing an assignment or getting through a weekend with the in-laws, we often try to get through things as quickly as we can. Even Netflix has cottoned on to our desire to get things done and has introduced a double speed option for watching their films and television shows!
However, it is clear that we often miss important lessons and opportunities for personal growth when we move too quickly. When Israel was experiencing significant change and conflict, God spoke to his people and said, “be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Rather than rushing on to the next thing and trying to control the outcome of a situation, God encouraged his people to know that they are, and have always been, dependent on Him.
With the lockdown ending, it is very tempting to rush back and try to forget the last few months. Most of us have busy schedules with looming deadlines and we all have a desire for things to return to the way they were before. However, it is important to pause and reflect on what has happened: the difficulties and the accomplishments; the tears and the laughter; the tantrums and the cuddles.
It is important to consider the ways in which God has been in all of these moments and the lessons we can learn from our experiences.
Be still and know that He is God.