2020 has, if nothing else, provided many lessons. One of those has to do with pace. Sometimes life’s pace feels extreme; other times it crawls. The lessons are many, but here’s one on my radar: Whatever the pace, embrace it.
That’s not a call to laziness or workaholism. It’s more a call to submission. If God says run, run; when he says rest, rest. Whatever pace he’s setting, embrace it.
Embracing a pace requires awareness and commitment. The pace of a 5k is much different than a marathon. Why? For starters, there’s a difference of 23.1 miles. That pretty much sums it up. That awareness determines the mindset needed. Training is built on it. Racing is built on training. The entire process requires embracing.
Solomon seemed to understand this. Check out these verses from his books:
- “My love calls to me: Arise, my darling. Come away, my beautiful one. For now the winter is past; the rain has ended and gone away. The blossoms appear in the countryside. The time of singing has come, and the turtledove’s cooing is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens its figs; the blossoming vines give off their fragrance. Arise, my darling. Come away, my beautiful one.” Song of Songs 2:10-13 CSB
- “There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3:1 CSB
There is a pace of hibernation which shifts to wondering.
There is a pace for listening and reflecting which shifts to singing and celebrating.
Whatever pace God is leading you at today, you can trust that it’s correct. Embrace it.
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