Low and Slow

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’” Luke 10:38-42

I am a total Martha. I am the one running around setting up or in preparation for something. I am the one begging the microwave to hurry up after 30 seconds or eating breakfast while trying to live chat with a utility company and working. Yes, that is ridiculous and needs to stop. Have you seen those crock pot recipes that suggest you to cook on low for over 8 hours? They seem to make the best dishes. It seems like anything, developed over time produces the best and longest lasting results. We are in such a hurry to do everything now. We expect everything done now. I want so many results but never want to deal with the process. Never taking a moment to look up and see His wonder. The journey is supposed to be the real victory.

My husband is quite the opposite. Like me, he is always on time, but rarely is he ever in a hurry. He is especially patient and not in a hurry to buy something. He is constantly telling me “patience lady, patience!” Yet, advertising, friends, family, random strangers, Bed Bath and Beyond tell me I need a product to make life easier. Then in few months, sometimes even a few days, I regret the purchase. My husband researches products he is interested in and then waits for them to go on sale. If it doesn’t go on sale, he shrugs it off and figures it wasn’t meant to be. He has found dress pants that were originally $40, for $2.14. He has put sales people in a tizzy and they end up folding and giving him what he wants. For example, my husband upgraded to a smart phone just 1.5 years ago. He never cared or needed one, he was happy with his flip phone. But his work was pressuring him to have a phone with the capability to text. He was on the phone with our cell phone carrier for 5 hours (speaking to at least 3 different people) until he got the deal he wanted. That is right, 5 hours. I cannot believe the representatives stayed on the phone that long, but my husband would have kept going. He would outlast the cockroaches in a nuclear holocaust. We ended up with 2 free decent smart phones, no upgrade fees on either phone, unlimited minutes and text and 4GB of shared data. To top it all off, when the first representative made a mistake, he spoke with a supervisor and got them to discount one of the phone lines for 1 year. Maybe because he is a math teacher, he knows when a sales person is trying to put one over him when they throw out the numbers. He has caught people in a full-out lie trying to get him to finance purchases. They look like they saw the Loch Ness Monster when they see he didn’t fall for their trap. It truly is awesome to watch.

When I see how my husband does things versus how I do them, my behavior makes me cringe. I want our daughter to have patience and make the best choices. Whether it is for making a purchase or important things like who see marries, it shouldn’t be impulsive. I am choosing to slow down now. Not every decision will work out, but I can certainly try by not being in a hurry.

Lesson Learned: God is never in a hurry, I shouldn’t be either.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father forgive me for rushing around and not seeing through the process. I ask for patience and endurance when things seem uncertain. I am thankful that you Father God, always has the last word. Help me to not get sucked into the tornado of busyness and stand firm to your plan. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN!”

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