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Too Busy to Read This

Why does time sometimes feel like it travels so fast?  Ever feel in desperate need of a break?

Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”  Matt 11:28 ESV.

In Bible times, simple tasks such as doing the laundry or grocery shopping at the local market could easily take all day.  Back then, it could take up to a month just to send a message from one place to another; today we can do the same in seconds.  Without the convenience of time-saving devices such as washing machines, cars and cell phones, these are the people who should have all the reason to say, “I’m too busy.”  Ironically we are the ones who have less time to spare than any other people group in history.  Today, our culture almost forces us to sacrifice our sleep, health, moments with kids, marriages, and our relationship with God.

Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matt 11:29 ESV.

Now imagine being God, trying to reach the average person in today’s society.  If you drive through Times Square in New York City, you can be bombarded by literally hundreds of ads and billboards within seconds.  Target™ spends over $10 million a year just for its billboards in this one location– and they’re not the biggest advertisers.  And for what -- just to get your attention for 2 seconds?  Is this how God feels?  Competing against hundreds of other interests and spending unbelievable resources just so that He might get a glimpse of attention from you?

Jesus said, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."Matt 11:30 ESV

In Jewish culture, a yoke was the entire set of beliefs, principles and actions of a Rabbi that a disciple would carry out for life in order to do what that Rabbi did and to essentially be that Rabbi.  This is what Jesus asks of us:  to believe what Jesus believes, to have the principles of Jesus, to do what Jesus does -- to be like Jesus.  And then He also adds, “It’s easy.”

Jewish culture was no different than ours in teaching the value of hard work, driving the human potential to its limits.  Studying.  Working.  Performing.  Memorizing.  Practicing.  Building.  Perfecting.  But in contrast, Jesus regularly spent long hours alone in simple prayer and in meditation.  Could this be the secret to Jesus’ power?  Busybodies like Martha were told that more could actually be accomplished if they merely slowed down and spent more time with God.  The great reformer Martin Luther once told his barber, “I generally pray two hours a day, except on very busy days. On those days, I pray three.”

Scientists have now shown according to relativity that time itself travels slightly “slower” up on mountains than on the ground.  Whatever time is spent on the mountains, the rest of the earth would actually be experiencing “faster.” That being said, is it mere coincidence that the greatest personal encounters with God in the Bible were in the mountains, where time itself slowed down? 

Is it time for you to slow down?  To stop trying to catch up with everyone else in worldly pursuits and finally let the rest of the world go to spin on its own?  What incredible changes await your life once you slow down to “God-speed”?

Heavenly Father, forgive me for the sacrifices I’ve ever made in trying to keep up with worldly pursuits.  It sometimes seems impossible in today’s culture to slow myself down to make significant time for you.  But as you have never given up on me, I will also never give up trying.  Please give me the strength and the wisdom to spend the time that is needed with you.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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P. Robin Song is currently the youth pastor of the Northern New York Korean Adventist church.


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