• Perry Floyd

Not in a Hurry -- FOMH

For thus said the LORD God, the Holy One of Israel, 'In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.' But you were unwilling. Isaiah 30:15

John Ortberg wrote, "The average iPhone user touches his or her phone 2,617 times a day." By way of contrast, the psalmist said, "I have set the LORD always before me"[Psalm 16:8, ESV]. What would my life be like if God touched my mind as frequently as I touch my phone?

I have always been a little frustrated with Jesus: he never, in the gospels, seemed to be in a hurry. He moved from place to place without a sense of urgency, without busyness and activity (getting stuff done) defining his pace or mindset. As you know, he gave this hard-to-believe invitation: Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Rest. It's on my is God's warning/promise in Isaiah 30:15 above. God's Spirit highlights that verse to me annually, and it's on my heart again. My salvation depends on rest. Think with me as I ponder on God's promise/warning and Jesus' invitation.

Rest in Hebrew is Nachath: it means to rest, be quiet, to set down on, or quietness. Solomon used this word four times:

If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet. Proverbs 29:9

Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. Ecclesiastes 4:6

Moreover, it has not seen the sun or known anything, yet it finds rest rather than he. Ecclesiastes 6:5 (referring to a blessed man's soul)

The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools. Ecclesiastes 9:17

I am learning to rest, to contemplate and wait with Jesus before acting. I tell myself that a little done properly is better than a lot done hastily, to be then redone. Retraining my mind to rush not, to move slowly and carefully -- sheesh, this is difficult! But I am on a journey in the last third of my life to operate more fully from His impulse rather than my own. Trying to transfer FOMO (fear of missing out) to FOMH (fear of missing Him),

Perry Floyd

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