I picked up a second-hand book in the freebie section of my local Christian bookshop this week:
Streams in the Desert (volume 1) a series of daily devotional readings collected by Mrs Charles E Cowman.
I share part of today’s reading:
“Often the Lord calls us aside from our work for a season, and bids us be still and learn ere we go forth again to minister. There is no time lost in such waiting hours.
Fleeing from his enemies, the ancient knight found that his horse needed to be re-shod. Prudence seemed to urge him on without delay, but higher wisdom taught him to halt a few minutes at the blacksmith’s forge by the way, to have the shoe replaced ; and although he heard the feet of his pursuers galloping hard behind, yet he waited those minutes until his charger was refitted for his flight. And then, leaping into his saddle just as they appeared a hundred yards away, he dashed away from them with the fleetness of the wind, and knew that his halting had hastened his escape.
So often God bids us to tarry ere we go, and fully recover ourselves for the next stage of the journey and work.”
So often we want to rush God, and we run and rush ahead of His plans. Today, let us breathe deeply and slow down, so we can catch up with the slowness and stillness and align ourselves with God’s plans and purposes in His timing.