Do you ever feel like you are spinning on a merry-go-round and can’t get off. Last year my man and I were trying to entertain our grand daughter, who at the age of 3 decided she would come visit us for a few days without her parents. We had ice cream, we went to the park and then we thought of the carousel at the mall. We were like kids in a candy shop hurrying to the carousel and then . . .she wouldn’t get on. Finally we talked her into trying it and I got on with her. I don’t like things that go ’round and ’round, they make me dizzy, but once that thing took off there was no getting off, the 3 year old loved it and I wanted off. Sometimes I feel like life is just like that, and yet I think of the text, “Be still and know that I am God.” I want to be still but I can’t get off the carousel.
Even when presuing a prayer life it is important to slow down long enough to utter a meaningful prayer and then to really slow down and wait and listen.
Here are a couple things I read recently about slowing.
Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind.Steady my hurried pace. Give me, amidst the day’s confusion, the calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves and muscles with the soothing music of singing streams that live in my memory.
Help me to know the magical, restoring power of sleep. Teach me the art of taking “minute vacations”…slowing down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend, to read a few lines from a good book.
Remind me of the fable of the hare and the tortoise; that the race is not always to the swift; that there is more to life than measuring its speed.
Let me look up at the branches of the towering oak and know that it grew slowly and well. Inspire me to send my own roots down deep into the soil of life’s endearing values…that I may grow toward the stars of my greater destiny.
Slow me down, Lord.
– Wilfred Arlan Peterson –
‘In the name of Jesus Christ, who was never in a hurry, we pray, O God, that You will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast.’
-Peter Marshall –