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“But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak” (Isaiah 40:31 NIRV).

I hate waiting. I find it difficult sitting at stop lights that seem to be broken. I’m tempted to walk out of a doctor’s office if things are delayed. I look for the shortest grocery lines and zip into the open pumps at the gas station. Even when church services go much longer than expected I am tempted to stare at my watch.

I confess it is a problem. My life text should probably be, “Here is the patience of the saints…” (Revelation 14:12 NKJV). I’ve come to realize that my impatience doesn’t make stop lights turn green or speed up dragging worship services. In fact, this irritability makes me a pain to live with.

A lesson in life I am challenged to learn is that sometimes slower is faster. I would like God to answer all my prayers instantly, but that almost never happens. Trust is a muscle that I get to exercise every day. I am learning to sit quietly and let go of being in control. I am seeking to have faith that God will work everything out in His time.

Pause Button

Something strange happens inside me when I learn to push the pause button and set aside my desire to press situations forward. I experience peace. The drive to try and make life happen according to my schedule takes a back seat and I feel more calmness and think more clearly.

It almost sounds backwards, slowing down to speed things up. But it’s one of the great biblical principles of life. As the text above states, when we trust in the Lord and wait on Him, we are renewed. Spiritual energy flows into us and we find greater strength.

Just recently a problem came up in my day and I began to feel anxious. But I turned to God in prayer and asked for divine strength and guidance. Then I let it go. It didn’t occur to me until the next day—I’m pretty slow to catch on—that God walked with me through the challenge.

Patiently resting in God helps us go through life without always feeling stressed. We can run and not quickly get tired because we are on God’s course, not our own. And sometimes, when I least expect it, God lifts me up and carries me over situations with a speed that surprises me.

Slowing down and trusting helps me to fly.

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