Thinking about some of the devotions earlier this week, about being weary and coming to Jesus for rest, and the difficulty of thriving spiritually while putting our energies into survival brought an aria from Mendelsohn’s version of the story of Elijah to mind: O rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him, and He shall give thee thy heart’s desires. Commit thy way unto Him, and trust in Him, and fret not thyself because of evildoers. O rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him, and He shall give thee thy heart’s desires.
It also chimed with something I heard on YouTube from the recent Theology Slam event (to find new, exciting, young theologians of today) when one of the finalists talked about Theology and disability, and how working at a L’Arche community had taught him to slow down, to appreciate the ‘slow’ pace of life of some people with disabilities, who can only take one thing at a time. We are keen to show how well we can multi-task but that isn’t necessarily always a good thing. Sometimes we need to concentrate on one thing only and make sure we give it our undivided attention, to do it to the best of our abilities, and to the glory of God.
Father God, help me to slow down, instead of rushing through life. Help me to concentrate on the things that really are important and, like Elijah, to rest in You. Give me your peace that all the other things crowding my diary will get done in due time – in Your time, as I give You priority in all areas of my life. Amen.