“Not too fast”, that is my mantra when I make coffee in the morning. There is nothing quite like the smell and taste of a great cup of coffee. But when I am making a pot. I have to be patient in pouring the water into the machine. If I pour it too fast, it spills out of the sides of the carafe and pours onto the counter. If I keep a slow and steady stream, I do not lose a drop…no messes to clean up. I’m very busy in the morning, and this slow and steady pour can be annoying, sounds stupid, I know, but I want to hurry up and finish all I need to do so I can sit down and relax a bit with my quiet time alone with God.
37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7) Our growth in Christ, can be a lot like pouring the water. We need the “slow and steady” Hand of the Holy Spirit teaching us, correcting us, guiding us. We need lots of time before our Lord and Savior, so we can sit at His feet and learn of Him.
I often joke with people that my Beloved Husband was given to me by God, partly because I need someone to hold the other end of the choker chain. Bruce is very steady and slow. He thinks things out, studies something from every angle, and he is usually “spot on,” about things. Me, I tend to be all over the map, like a dog on a leash, I pull and pull, just wanting to get to the next stump, tree, or fire hydrant faster. We all know the story of The Tortoise and The Hare. You got it, I’m the silly rabbit, and Bruce is the slow and steady Tortoise. I have learned from watching Bruce, that “Slow and Steady’ really does win the race.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12)
One of my favorite verses, and rightly so, it gives us our racing instructions.
Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. We need not worry about what anybody else is doing in their race, just focus on what is before us, whatever path God has placed us on. Let us run it with endurance.
fixing our eyes on Jesus, and here is the slow pour, the slow and steady, sitting and waiting before our precious Savior as He pours into us His will, His thoughts and His ways
The Author and Perfecter of Faith, real growth takes time, lots of time. So let us, Let Jesus, work within us, by sitting often before Him and listening to Him in His Word. Let us not be too quick to rush out and do, before we sit quietly and listen. Slow and steady not only wins the race, but it sure makes a great cup of coffee, without all the mess to clean up.
God bless your day