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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Godspeed-how fast is that?? (inspired by a Sunday sermon)

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Godspeed-how fast is that?? (inspired by a Sunday sermon)

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This [is] the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21(KJV)

Q-What is the speed at which God moves?
my musings

Are you patient? I’m not.  Do you appreciate voice-response telephone systems? I despise them.  Are you good at waiting in line? Me?? Fuggetaboutit…Are you ever impatient with God??   

Have you ever watched a jet cross the sky? It’s flying, but doesn’t seem to be going very fast. What about the movement of the moon after sunset? Each observation is an example of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity…given your position relative to either the plane or the moon, it appears to be going far more slowly that it’s actual rate of speed.  Consider this a lesson in faith and in waiting on God courtesy of the cosmos.   Our moon orbits Earth west to east at an average velocity of 2,288 miles per hour.    It travels at varying rates of speed at different times. It moves slowest when it is at furthest distance from Earth. Wait, what was that?  It moves slowest when it is at furthest distance from Earth. By comparison, it moves most rapidly in its orbit when closest to Earth. Are you too far from God to recognize Godspeed? 

“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee…” How close must you be to clearly discern a word spoken behind you?? Are you living close enough? I came across a poem by Jill Briscoe, which speaks to both our distance from God and our impatience.  Before I share it, please take a little advice.  Cultivate patience.  We are not given to have everything immediately for many reasons, including that we are very seldom ready for what comes to us when it does.  If you don’t like voice-response systems, hit zero.  You will generally get a live person, and if you rely on gratitude and a sense of humor, there is likely a positive outcome.  If you must wait in line, bring a book, play a game, start a conversation.  Knit.  People-watch.  Breathe.  Breathe.  And remember, the moon is always moving.  God moves the moon.  God is always there; God is never not present.  And when you draw near, you hear His whispers.  Thank You, God, for whispering, repeatedly, so even when I am too far from You I may draw near.  It is ever my evidence that God is Good. 

Heart of the hurried one
Listen to me
Open your inner eyes
What do you see?
Sit your soul down today
Hear what I have to say,
Heart of the hurried one
Listen to me.
Heart of the worried one
Come to my throne
Read my Words in my book
Then make them known.
Lay down your heavy care,
More than a mind can bear,
Heart of the puzzled one
Come to my throne.
Heart of the harried one
Rest in my grace
Bring your confusion
Slow down your pace.
Take time to look above
Revel in my quiet love,
Heart of the harried one
Come to this place.

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