Tuesday, March 27, 2012

slow and steady

slow and steady

Slow and steady. If there was ever a time in my life when I understood those words, it's now, after a year of sabbatical. I'm sure many of you watched or heard of the Kony 2012 video put out by Invisible Children that recently blew up social media. Shortly after that rise to fame, Jason Russell, the movie's creator, had a breakdown.

I'm not here to express my opinion on Kony 2012 or Jason Russell's breakdown, but I found Donald Miller's response very interesting as I've pondered "slow and steady." I love how he compares God's work in our lives to the way crops are grown. God's not in a hurry when it comes to the process of working in our lives.

For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4

When I think about a thousand years being like a day in God's sight, I think about time and how it is relative. Sometimes I get in such a hurry. Sometimes rising up and doing something quickly is appropriate, but I love that God works "slow and steady." Donald Miller says, "Keep working, daily, digging our rows and harvesting our crops. Play your small part in the grand epic."

I'm not saying here that slow and steady means sitting back and being lazy. No, as we keep working, doing what we're supposed to do, God works in us...slow and steady.

My heart goes out to Jason Russell and his family. As someone who is in the non-profit business, I understand all too well the stress and pressures. It was for this reason that God told us to come away for a time of sabbatical, a rest in order to recharge and let Him do His perfect work in us.

7 comments :

Lindsey V said...

Oh, Jen! What a good word and something that I need to be reminded of as we continue forth in this "unknown" and "long-waiting" season of our lives. You encourage me so much by how you walk out your faith...my practical dreamer friend!

Elisa | blissfulE said...

I'm in the middle of one of Don Miller's books, so it was fun to hear you quote him today, even on such a sad topic. I often forget that the process is as important to God as the result that I keep focusing on.

MaryAnne said...

When things aren't happening as quickly as I want them to, I always try to remember that building a solid foundation takes a lot of time - and work!

Leovi said...

Wonderful, I love the soft sensation of movement, exquisite ...

Tracy Jo said...

I love the words slow and steady. Beautiful post and so true. If we keep working hard, good things come and grow. :-)

{amy} said...

As a pretty impatient person, God has recently been helping me to be OK with slow and steady. Good stuff!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

HE is working in us slow and steady... oh I love that thought Jen! Thanks so much for sharing that today! :)

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