“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
Many Christians become exhausted by the frantic whirl of modern living. We plan, work, and schedule, hurrying here and there, unaware that we are creating our own hectic lifestyle. Could it be that we’ve never learned the discipline of slowing down?
I read a cute little story of a first-grader who wondered why her father brought home a briefcase full of work every evening. Her mother explained, “Daddy has so much to do that he can’t finish it all at the office.” “Well, then,” asked the child innocently, “why don’t they put him in a slower group?”
William Carey, who launched the modern mission movement, considered himself in the “slower group.” He proved to be equal to God’s assignment for his life which required a man of vision who utterly depended on God. Long before he had been commissioned a missionary, Cary had shown himself to be that type of man.
When Carey was old and world-famous he told his nephew, “If anyone writes about my life they can give me credit for being a plodder. Anything beyond this will be too much. I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.”
Carey, the plodder, taught, supervised mission work in India, translated the entire Bible into the four leading languages of India, guided others in the translation of the Scriptures into 32 other Asiatic languages and put out the first newspaper ever printed in an Oriental language. Wow, what accomplishments for someone who considered himself a part of “the slower group!”
We are not all made to go at the same speed. Some people run on high-powered motors that don’t stop until they burn out. Others must crank their engines to get going, and they never run very fast. Even so, there’s a pace uniquely suited to our own temperament, talents, and energies. When we let ourselves be driven by worry, greed, worldly ambition, and unsatisfied egos, we easily sacrifice priorities, fall into sin, or become emotionally drained.
Life’s race isn’t always won by those who are constantly on the go. It’s won by believers who wait on the Lord to renew their strength. They run and are not weary; they walk and don’t faint. They’ve learned Christ’s secret of living by the Father’s timing.
Vance Havner said, “If Christians do not come apart and rest awhile, they must just plain come apart.” So, as our young people say…“Just chill!”