Good Monday morning! School, college, work, a lot of things that are a part of the race to succeed will begin once more today. I notice in the gospels that Jesus never turned to the disciples and said, "C'mon, hurry up! We're going to be late!" I imagine that is being said in quite a few places this morning, but never for our Lord. The closest statement might be when Jesus told the disciples that we must quickly be about the work God has given us. 'Quickly' may also be translated as 'soon' or 'suddenly'. When Jesus returns for the Rapture, we know that he will come suddenly like a thief in the night. We know the disciples waited for the coming of the Holy Spirit to begin their work soon after Jesus ascended to Heaven.
We tend to think of quickly in terms of now and immediately. We don't want to walk along the road with Jesus, we want Him to get in our race car and take a few laps with us. Jesus commands us to slow down and walk with Him; we jump out in prayer and try to get our Lord to join in our mad rush. As we finally calm down into trust and walk with our Lord along life's road, we see a lot of people rushing past us in cars, carts, or whatever on that same road. We sometimes feel left behind. You may be in a place where it seems that Jesus has led you off the road and into a permanent rest area. Before that impatience gets the best of you, remember that there is only one permanent rest stop and we ain't there yet. Taking our time to walk along the road with our Lord Jesus is difficult in this rushing, hurrying world. But this morning, that may sound like a wonderful place to be as life revs up after the holiday break. Take some time to just walk a little today.God's grace and mercy be with you today,