Slow and Steady
Where did January go?! It is hard to believe that we are well into a new year. It seems like just yesterday that we were enjoying a holiday season with our church friends and family.
The conclusion of a holiday season is always a bittersweet time. On one hand, you don’t want the season to end, but on the other hand, you are ready for a fresh start!
A few days after Christmas, I was putting away decorations with the help of my daughters and a few kind young men (who were willing to lift the heavy boxes!). We had a system down,with tables and tubs lined up in my backyard. (I love Christmas, and as a result, the process of placing, storing, labeling, and packaging décor is quite the ordeal for me!)
My girls had to leave to run an errand, so I stayed in the yard to continue sorting and packing. I was sure to be careful as I walked in and out of the house, because our broken sprinklers had created a very icy and slippery back patio. My husband had actually slipped earlier in the day, and after we all enjoyed a friendly laugh, he warned us to be careful.
A short time after the girls left, I called out to one of the young men helping and asked him to take another box to our shed. As I called him, though, I lost my balance, slipped, and fell flat onto the icy ground.
You always wonder how you will react when something like this happens to you, especially in front of someone else. Well – now I know how I respond: I laugh. I laugh really hard.
I was so surprised by what happened that I just got a serious case of the giggles. I began to laugh so hard that I started to cry! The poor young man just awkwardly stood there not knowing if he should help me up, get more boxes, or just leave the backyard!
Two skinned knees and lots of laughs later, we finally got everything packed up and the house ready for the new year.
As I reflected back on what happened that day, I did find a serious reminder amid the funny situation: sometimes, we go through life in a hurry – trying to get things done. Packing, sorting, delegating…moving from here to there. And, we aren’t careful to pay attention along the way. We tend to get a little overconfident and forget to acknowledge God, because we’re buried under all we have to accomplish.
Proverbs 3:6 “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Can I encourage you with something as we move forward in 2014? Take it slow and steady. Guess what? God is not in a hurry! Study His life while He was here on earth. It was characterized by many wonderful attributes, but “hurry” wasn’t one of them.
Maybe you’re already discouraged with the circumstances of the year. Perhaps you’re frustrated with a lack of progress on your goals. Maybe you are trying to hurry your husband, your kids—even God.
Take some time today to surrender that hurriedness to the Lord and exchange it for His peace and His pace for your life. Will there be times that require haste and quick decision making? Of course! But, allow God to lead you to and through those times. And, choose to trust Him with anything else that causes you to stress!
Enjoy this new year, ladies! And, let God guide your steps and set your pace!
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in
his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord
upholdeth him with his hand.”
Comments ( 10 )
I just love you to pieces, Mrs. Chappell! Thanks for the chuckle and Biblical reminder! A great encouragement on this Monday morning.
Just what I needed as I started to get a little frazzled as my husbands is leaving for Korea (1year tour) in June and the last few weeks I have focused on everything that I need to do before he leaves. Not taking the time while he is here to enjoy what time we do have together will only make it harder once he leaves. What a great reminder. Thank you!!
This is the most eye opener message I have read, Thank you so much Mrs. Chappell.
What a comfort to read. ” God is not in a hurry”. Getting permission to slow down is the best news I’ve heard this year. Thank you Mrs. Chappell for the encouragement and humor!!!
Just exactly what I needed to hear today!
Thank you Terrie so much for taking your valuable time and writing this blog. Thank you for being so realistic about our daily lives. We really need to slow down and think about what we are doing. I need to remember God’s presence all day long. I am sorry you fell as that must have really hurt. Take care of yourself too.
Thank you Mrs. Chappell for creating this blog. “Love for a lifetime” is a wonderful reminder, no matter how long(or short) a time anyone has been married.
I really needed this encouragement today as I am dealing with a hip replacement nightmare that began a year ago. It is so easy to loose site of the fact that God is in control and He will lead the pace and that He really does have something in this for me. Thank you for the encouragement to surrender this to God and let Him set the pace, and to allow myself to slow down!
I just started reading your blog.. two post so far.. I am encouraged.. and light hearted already.. thank you.
This is so Awesome for us woman to have a place to go to express our feelings and desire’s!I so much want to live my life to please GOD and need guidance and teaching on how to do that!I know that God has an Amazing plan for me as I have been so close to death more then once and I am still here alive and breathing!Which indicates I have not yet accomplished what he has planned for me to do!I am so much seeking what that plan is and need some advice on how to know and learn what it is? I know it is to Glorify his name and spread the word of God!But I know deep inside he has something amazing planned for me to do!!! Your Husband is the one that 15 yrs ago taught me the importance of going to church and being a member of one! No matter how many times I would stray or live in sin or fall short of his Glory!Please guide me and help teach me to know what I am seeking cause I have total faith in you and your Husband to do just that! I never trusted churches until I heard Mr.Chappell preach!I am so honored to be a member of Lancaster Baptist Church and look forward to being there every Sunday!Thank-You and God Bless You! Amen Nancy Berry