The Five Minute Friday word is slow.
The Gift of Slow
I look at the spinning ball of death, and my heart is pounding. Hurry up. I think, and sometimes say through gritted teeth. Why does it take so long. I only have twenty-four hours in a day. Why is this computer so slow.
I sit in front of my music. My fingers are trying their best, but they won’t go faster. I want to play the music better, without hesitation. Why am I so slow to learn? Why can’t I play faster.
I’m running on the treadmill. I want to be able to run at a 10-minute mile pace, but my legs are slow. I’m a turtle. When will I get to the place I can run faster and not so slow?
Then I look in the Bible and see how Noah didn’t get into the ark until he was 600 years old (Genesis 7:6). Abraham was one hundred when he had the child of promise (Genesis 21:5). Joseph waited and wait for years in prison (Genesis 40). Moses didn’t “grow up” until he was 40 years old (Exodus 2:11). Paul had three years of training in the desert (Galatians 1:17-18).
Ah. God doesn’t look at time like I do.
Time to grow
When I see how great people of faith took a great deal of time to grow and mature, I see how God’s slow isn’t really slow. It takes time to grow.
When I sit in front of the computer and want it to hurry up, I’m fretting over seconds, maybe minutes. When I’m impatient with my music and running ability, I’m being unrealistic. It takes time to grow—and hundreds of hours of effort to excel.
When I choose to slow down, I grow faster, deeper, and stronger. In music, practicing small sections of a difficult piece of music slowly gives me a chance to learn correctly. Over time, I learn faster even though I’m playing slower at first.
In running, I build up my pace over a time. The Couch to 5K method is a great method to do this, but it takes eight weeks. I can run faster and longer than I could years ago because of training over time.
Moses grew up
The story of Moses puts my impatience into perspective. He “grew up” when he was 40. Then 40 years later, he met God at the burning bush (Acts 7:30). I suspect that God was growing him during that time. Looking at all that Moses did in his life, I see the gift of slow. Moses’ life is a picture of God’s slow working in action.
I want the benefits of God’s slow grow method, but I want it fast. Instead, I seek to cooperate with the gift of slow as God is growing me. If Moses grew up when he was 40, I haven’t been grown up for very long.
How do you plan slow into your life?
I’m hearing friends talk about margin and planning rest into their routines. I want to do this, but I’m having a hard time figuring out what to cut.
If you’re moving toward slowing down and adding margin and space into your life, how are you doing it? I’d like to know. I’m still figuring this out. Please, share your tips, book recommendations, and story.
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