So this was my view last week as I sat outside a hotel near Den Bosch, waiting to meet with some other leaders. It is not a really exciting picture, I admit!!
What you can’t really see beyond the car park, is the A59 motorway. By complete contrast to the stationary vehicles lined up in the sunshine, the traffic on the road was zipping along in both directions. As I sat enjoying the shade (yes it was still hot last week in the Netherlands!!), I was pondering where different people zooming by had come from or were going to, how were their days going, did they have peace or were they stressed… those types of thoughts.
By contrast with the hotel forecourt (and even more of a contrast with the lake behind the hotel), it was all rush, rush, rush as engines surrounded by boxes of metal, whizzed by at 120 km/h or more.
I think at times our lives can be like that. I know that mine can. Too much rushing along!
May be at times we lose track of where we have come from or where we are going in our life journey? Is that you at present? If so, I encourage you to pull over from the road and take some time to pray, to think, to reflect, to open up with some others that you can trust.
The Creed series that we are on with, is seeking to help us reflect afresh on where we have come from and the life change there is in Jesus Christ. Yet it also points to the way ahead and eternity. Having deep roots of belief in Christ act as a clear foundation for life.
Book now to miss the rush!
Those are the kinds of words advertisers love before things like Christmas or when the latest X Box or similar is about to come.
I’d like to make a play on these words – we need to regularly book time in our lives, so that we can miss the rush!
So that we can be still, we can have a chance to re-engage with who the Lord is, the core of our beliefs and who we are and how life is going.
To be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46). To give space for Him to search our hearts and know our thoughts (Psalm 139).
To“offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” To “not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1-2)
None of us can do that if we are hurtling along in life at top speed.
We’ve got one life this side of eternity, let’s not let it slip by. Book now to miss the rush!