Today’s blog comes from Jo Sharman, our Church and Community Worker. Thanks Jo!
I rarely give time to reading a book from cover to cover but have been reminded how addictive and powerful the words of a book can be when you give it your undivided attention. With the familiar structure and rhythm of my working week now a distant memory, I find myself in a space where God has challenged me to ‘take stock’ of how I spent my time before lockdown and especially, time I spend with Him. How much time with Him have I missed in the ‘hurried’ life we are all so easily tempted by the enemy to adopt?
In Mike’s Monday blog he remarked in ‘being led to imagine and feel the urge to look forward’. I’ve been challenged by an invitation from Jesus through a book titled ‘The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry’ to make changes and adopt and practice an ‘unhurried’ life with Him now and beyond the lockdown. Jesus’ schedule was often full, yet he never came off hurried. With time afforded to reflect and consider a new lifestyle – adopting Jesus’ lifestyle – a desire to embrace a different rhythm beyond lockdown has surfaced. This invitation is for us all – ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yolk upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11 v28-30)
With an enemy who uses the interruptions and distractions of the world through media, mobile phones, addictions, to name but a few, let’s consider Jesus’ invitation during lockdown to practice this ‘unhurried’ life – to slow down, embrace silence and solitude, live simply and practice the Sabbath. Our souls depend on it.