In a world that’s always in a rush, I try to slow myself down. From some messages shared by various pastors, this year is the year of acceleration. How true. My working days seem to speed everything up. Sometimes I ask myself what is all this for? Then I remind myself I have a mortgage to pay. It never stops me from wondering what are they rushing for? Yes, there’s global shortages for some materials and searching for parts is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Yes, I get it; the drive for higher revenue year after year. Are people in a rush to get electric cars, electronic gadgets, or..? What exactly is driving all the demand? I admit I don’t understand. I will understand, if there’s the constant strive to improve one’s wellbeing, the search for treatment for dementia, cancer, etc… Sometimes when things become rather crazy and hectic, I ask the Lord to give me more time or slow me down. Everyone has 24 hours a day but how we use those hours tells a different story.
Everything has a process to it and sometimes, we can’t just rush it. We can sow different seeds but we can’t harvest all at the same time. I have amaranth, basil, chili, and a few other vegetables in my garden but when I harvest my amaranth, my beet is still growing and my broccoli hasn’t even showed its head. So, if you’re upset because you see other colleagues get a promotion, or you see your friends getting something that you want, remind yourself that God always has what is best for you in His mind.
Learn to breathe deeply, rest and smell the roses.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
I’ve often wondered how it would be like to spend a few days in a vineyard at the countryside. Of course, in my country I can’t find such a place. However, I had a chance to visit Tuscany in 2018. I cannot forget the glorious view. What’s even better is visiting the cellar and tasting the wine. I bet there’s a sense of pride when the owner strolls along the vineyard and examines the bottles of wine in the cellar. Imagine tasting the wine after all the hard labour as surely it is hard work manning the vineyard and making sure the wine is good quality wine.
17 But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” (John 5:17 NLT)
Are you facing a difficult situation? Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and just unable to move forward? Here’s a little encouragement, God loves you. He is still working and hasn’t left you behind. Sometimes we can’t see what is going on behind the scenes, but if we can see everything, where does faith fit in the picture? Trust in God. Trust His heart. It’s impossible to understand why some things happen to us and not to others. I’ve been there and often asked myself, “Why me?” In the end, I decided to just trust God. One day, when He calls me home, I will have many questions to ask Him. However, perhaps by then, I would already understand everything. I find that most cases, we only understand from hindsight. If you’re currently in the midst of the pruning process, trust in Him. Every good gardener will cut and remove parts of the plants that are not producing fruit or diseased.
Like the gardener caring for his crops, the Lord cares for you.