Reduce Speed

Chic Broersma

Read: Psalm 62

Truly my soul finds rest in God. (v. 1 NIV)

Her name was Sharon Lampert. She wore a sequined red mask, flowing white cape over a black body-stocking and white go-go boots. She called herself an anti-stress superhero, pushing her sales on the busy streets of Manhattan. Sharon sold a “one and only anti-stress kit,” which consisted of a mix of toys, including a little white teddy bear, “a friend who will unconditionally love you.” At $19.95 it was a steal!

Our stress-filled life style is hazardous to our emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Why do we rush about when the best gifts of life come not from endless activity with its stress and strain but from the generous hand of God? See the road sign for Christians: reduce speed. The Lord is not in a hurry. No need to rush to travel with Jesus. Psalm 62 calls us to speed less and trust God more.

Think of the things we value most. The love of God, the love of a marriage partner, your family gathered around the dinner table, the companionship of a friend, a good night’s sleep, a sun-filled day. Now ask yourself a question. Do any of these come from my work or business or are they gifts from the hand of God?

Isaiah reminds us, “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will . . . soar . . . like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (40:30-31 NIV). —Chic Broersma

Prayer: I rest in you, Lord.