One way and another, it’s been a busy week. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you by reciting my diary. But today I had a gear change. I don’t mean that the work/meetings/appointments dried up a bit – but that I deliberately changed gear today. And something amazing happened. I anticipated that I’d reach the end of the day with a half-completed ‘to do’ list and that stress would have increased. But that wouldn’t be amazing, that would be predictable.
Today I changed gear. I slowed down. I made time with God & focus on God (in everything) a priority.
It was a glorious early-Spring day, so I decided to walk to my meetings, visits & appointments. Of course, that took much longer than if I’d driven, but it allowed me extra time to think/pray/worship on the way. I was blessed by those walks – by the weather, by the exercise, by hearing from God.
Because I’d taken time to get to those appointments, my mind was much more focused by the time I arrived, which meant I was more attentive during the varied meetings, pastoral visits, etc. As a result, those times were richer than they would otherwise have been. I was more attentive to the people I was with, but also to what God was saying during those times. I was hugely encouraged in so may ways, by God & by His people.
My study & admin time was much more efficient & productive than usual too. That in itself was a further encouragement. And instead of feeling further behind & more pressured by the end of the day, in fact my ‘todo’ list was completed much earlier than I anticipated. As a result of all this, I end the day feeling so much less stressed, and so much more encouraged.
I wonder if this is why Jesus, in the busiest times of His ministry, with such a limited time available to Him, made it a priority to withdraw; deliberately slowing down & spending time with His Father. I wonder if this is, in turn, is how He managed to achieve so much in that limited time.
I encourage you to have a deliberate gear change, to slow down, to focus on God more, and see what amazing, unexpected ways He may choose to bless you.