Downshifting?

November 6, 2018

 

                        

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is your life in the fast lane? Is it rushing by you far too quickly and you feel out of control? Wouldn’t it be wise to downshift into a lower gear right now, slow down and discover the peace that God may have in mind for you if you just take the time to listen?

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

If you’ve ever driven an old farm tractor, you know a couple of things. First, on level ground they’re pretty stable. You can’t tip one over too easily out plowing a field or pulling a stump. However, that all changes when you change the slope you're working on. When we first moved to Beech Springs years ago I had occasion to borrow a diesel tractor to pull a couple of very large stumps. One was in the middle of a steep hillside. I figured that I would drive straight up the hill, circle around back of the stump and stop next to it. Unfortunately, I gauged the steepness of the hill poorly. As I swung around the stump and started downhill I was going too fast for the grade. The tractor began barreling down the hill, bumping from side to side. At any moment I felt it might tip over. That’s when I downshifted and brought the old machine to a halt just as it began to tilt dangerously to one side. Changing gears saved me, and the tractor. 

 

Is your life in the fast lane? Is it rushing by you far too quickly and you feel out of control? Wouldn’t it be wise to downshift into a lower gear right now, slow down and discover the peace that God may have in mind for you if you just take the time to listen?

 

Here’s a thought from Thomas Lukk: I was getting in trouble with one of my projects at work. Two weeks before the deadline I started to become alarmed. Some of my days of work exceeded midnights. When I went to bed I was very tired. As I felt tired I cut down the time spent with God in prayer in the mornings. About one week before the deadline I was devastated. The client had become worried and might reject the entire project. I really needed help. I decided to spend more time with my morning Bible reading and prayer. Soon I realized that I should have sought Him in the early hours of every day. God revealed to me in that time that I shouldn’t hurry with my project. The work began to flow differently. I held God’s hand and didn’t let my impatient nature disturb the project. In a sense, I put my life in a slower gear. I worked until midnight that day, and felt assured this time that the work would be completed to the customer’s satisfaction. God helped me to finish the project on time as I relied on Him and spent more time with Him. (Thomas Lukk.) 

 

D.L. Moody wrote: “Moses spent his first 40 years thinking he was a somebody. He spent his second 40 years learning he was nobody. He spent his third 40 years discovering what God can do with a nobody.” When I went up that slope with the tractor I was somebody. I found out I was nobody, from a tractor-driving perspective, when I swung back around that stump. Once I came to a stop and regained my senses, God taught me how to pull a stump with a little bit more care in the preparation. Is your life in the fast lane about ready to tip you over? Sometimes, as Christians, we need to downshift our lives, preparing for a spiritual correction God is always prepared to deliver if only we slowed down a bit. 

 

We pray. Heavenly Father, Slow me down. Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind.

Steady my hurried pace with a vision of the eternal reach of time. Give me amid the confusion of the day, the calmness of the everlasting hills. Remind me each day that there is more to life than increasing its speed. Let me look upward into the branches of the towering oak and know that it grew great and strong because it grew slowly and well. Slow me down Lord, and inspire me to send my roots deep into the soil of life’s enduring values.  In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen.

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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