April 8, 2020 - Perhaps an unintended benefit of this “current distress” is that we are learning that we didn’t need to live life in the mad rush we had been living in. We felt there was so much to be done and so little time! However, all of us have been forced to slow down just a little and hopefully we have learned a little patience in the process. Maybe, just maybe, we have learned the truth of that old saying “Rome was not built in a day."
If you remember, Jesus had the burden of the sins of the world on His shoulders, yet we find Him saying to His disciples, “Come ye apart into a desert place, to rest awhile.” He knew they could not crowd every day and every moment to the brim, without losing some of the peace and relaxation they needed for their real goal in life.
When Jesus and the disciples passed through Samaria, Jesus was weary, so He sat down by the well to rest, while His disciples went away into the city to buy bread. He could have gone with them, and no doubt found an opportunity to preach in the city. But He needed to relax, to spend some time in quiet meditation. Jesus even took time to take little children into His arms and bless them and he took time to raise an only son from the dead and give him back to his mother.
To a group of disciples with the most stupendous task before them any group of men ever had – evangelizing the whole world - Jesus said, “consider the lilies.” Take time out to notice the beauties of nature and draw some conclusions about God from them.
When we are out of quarantine, let’s learn to not live in too much of a hurry.
It’s something to think about...tbp