Today (Monday) begins an extended window of work on my Unhurried Time writing project. The ministry busyness of recent months has been a season of thinking and reading on the theme, but not doing much writing. Now, I have no preaching, retreat leading or teaching commitments between now and April 9. In preparation last week, I was reviewing my notes from Eugene Peterson’s Tell It Slant (Eerdmans 2008) and came across this:
“God is not in a hurry. We are repeatedly told to ‘Wait for the Lord.’ But that is not counsel that is readily accepted by followers of Jesus who have been conditioned by promises of instant gratification…. Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, one of our great modern Isaianic prophets who had extensive experience with violence in two World Wars, wrote, ‘The greatest temptation of our time is impatience, in its full original meaning: refusal to wait, undergo, suffer. We seem unwilling to pay the price of living with our fellows in creative and profound relationships.” (Peterson, Eugene. Tell It Slant. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2008, p. 72.)
- Where are you feeling the most impatient in this season of your life? How might that be the very place where God is seeking to deepen your roots of unhurried relationship with Him and with others?
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