If you had the ability to snap your fingers and get everything done on your to-do list today, would you do it? And what would you do with the extra time? Most of us would take the deal in a heartbeat! And most of us would just fill up our to-do list with more tasks once the existing ones were completed. We live in a “get it done” culture that rewards us for productivity and encourages hustle and hurry.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.” Genesis 1:1-5
God could have created everything all at once. Just as He spoke the world into existence day by day one day at a time, He could have just snapped His fingers and created the whole world all at once and moved on to His next project. But notice the element of time in the creation story. God took His time. He enjoyed the process of creating and the act of work. He didn’t get in a hurry- He didn’t do everything at once. He took His time, He embraced slowness and created one piece at a time over a period of six days. Then He dedicated an entire day to slowness at the end of a busy week.
Do you embrace the slow and deliberate example God shows us when He created the world? Are you enjoying the work you’re doing? Do you stop to reflect on your work and say that it is good? Are you setting aside time for slowness and being present with God?
How are you embracing slowness in your life? Let us know in the comments below!
Author: Anne Bosarge