In my reading of late I keep bumping into a surprising principle. It is the Do Not Hurry principle. I first heard it in John Ortberg’s book, Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You. Recounting his own spiritual growth, guided by his friend, Dallas Willard, he points out the way in deepening one’s walk with the Lord. Ortberg explains that Willard taught him to rest. Ortberg started his ministry in a frenetic pace that he could not maintain. Willard told him that hurry is the enemy of one’s spiritual development. We seldom successfully grow rapidly. God’s work in us is a slow and deep work.Right where you are, in moments both ordinary and extraordinary, you and Jesus can live attentive to each other. Whatever your work, it can be done in Jesus, with Jesus, and for Jesus. -Alicia Britt Chole Click To Tweet
I started reflecting on that. I realized that the Bible is full of examples of slow.
- Enoch walked with God. “Walk” is a metaphor for living. Enoch was not running through life with God. He walked with God.
- Elijah raced away from Jezebel for his life. When the exhaustion of his hurry caught up with him, God ministered slowly to him in revealing Himself to Elijah and giving him a new direction for his life.
- The psalmist underscored a life without hurry. Psalm 62:5 is a good example. “Wait” is used 22 times in my ESV in Psalms. “Wait” is used 12 times in Job, a book about waiting. Can you think of a slower time than “wait” time?
- Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years for the son God promised them.
- The Israelites waited 40 years in the wilderness and later waited 70 years in Babylonian exile.
- Jesus waited 30 years before beginning his preaching ministry.
- Peter waited some excruciating days between his denial of Jesus and that happy reunion of a fish breakfast in Galilee.
- The disciples waited 40 days between Jesus’ ascension and the arrival of the Holy Spirit.
- Paul waited 3 days in blind darkness to understand what Jesus meant when He confronted Paul on the road to Damascus.
In Alicia Britt Chole’s book, The Sacred Slow: A Holy Departure from Fast Faith, the author teaches us that there are three certainties that underlie a life that walks deeply with God:
- Moment-by-moment nearness with God can be a reality for all sincere followers of Jesus regardless of personality or position in life.
- Though such intimacy with God is attainable, it is not accidental. Sustained nearness is the cultivated fruit of intentionality.
- Spiritual intentionality connects us with God and with what He sees, celebrates, and weeps over.
How are you walking slowly with God? How are you breaking the frenetic pace of life long enough to meet with God? Knowing God will come about as we intentionally cultivate our relationship with Him.
Two years ago, the idea of providing retreats so believers could put the brakes on, slow down, and listen to God came to us. Out of that idea, Deepen Retreats was born. Two more retreats are coming soon. The retreats are hosted at Camp Siloam in northwest Arkansas. These retreats are limited to only 50 participants. Here are the details:
Deepen Men’s Retreat
When: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16th through 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 18th
Cost: Before March 1st: $149 After March 1st: $169 Payment is required at registration. If you cancel, all but $50 is refundable ($70 if you opted for a family cabin).
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 12th
Online Registration Link: https://www.campsiloam.com/Archive/2018/Deepen/?Event=Men
Deepen Women’s Retreat
When: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23rd through 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 25th
Cost: Before March 8th: $149 After March 8th: $169 Payment is required at registration. If you cancel, all but $50 is refundable ($70 if you opted for a family cabin).
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 19th
Online Registration Link: https://www.campsiloam.com/Archive/2018/Deepen/?Event=Women
I hope you will consider slowing down and listen to the Lord at a Deepen Retreat. If you have questions about the retreat content or agenda, please contact us. If you have questions about registration or lodging, please contact Camp Siloam.
Scripture: Read Psalm 38:15. If you were waiting on the Lord to bring an answer to a need you have, what might His answer look like?
Dig Deeper: Read The Sacred Slow: A Holy Departure from Fast Faith by Alicia Britt Cole.
Now It’s Your Turn: How would you describe your walk with the Lord, slow or fast? What does that mean to you? Please share your ideas so we can all grow together.
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