Fast pass, no waiting in line. In que, no taking turns. Hurry up. Get there. Fast. Faster. Fastest. Three extra fast passes are yours for only $50 plus tax. You are on vacation but, you have to move fast. Move your order to the front of the line for an extra $14.99. You waited too late to order, you need it fast. Pay for standard, priority or express shipping. You are in a hurry to get it there, here … NOW. Everything is on a roller coaster ride. We literally do not take the time to take time, even with families, our love ones …. the children.
I recently watched a ‘fast pass’ exchange of kids. It was evident in the faces of the adults that they chose a neutral ground, a fast food restaurant, to exchange the kids for his turn with them. Even the neutral ground was fast. She did not stay. He bought them food sat down. They did not converse, he was on his phone. One asked why they could not live together. He did not answer. He was fast talking to one client after the other. The kids ate fast, asked to go play. The children scurried to the playground. Fast, faster, fastest way to raise children in today’s society. He stayed on neutral ground the entire time. He did not cross over to their space. It was evident he was going to tire them out, take them home and put them to bed.
Our politically correct society has taken this attitude as the norm which has stuck us in neutral. We are constantly in a position of rolling backwards at the first hill. We are encouraged to keep life neutral; keeping others at arms length, all the while speeding through our days. It is okay to go through life ‘texting life’ to each other. Little bytes of interchanges sufficing for real time communication. It has crept into every aspect of our lives, including spiritual.
Church services are timed to the minute, you hear timers going off on phones should the service run over. Reminders that other plans are in place and they need to get going. We only have an allotted time for God. When we started exchanging Holy Ground for mutual ground it slowly became neutral ground. Every aspect of our lives is beige in an effort to blend. So no wonder we start rolling backwards at the first hill, we are in neutral.
Our spiritual life is beige and has become ritualistic. Everyday the same, if we take time for God at all. A five minute reading, or listening to praise music on the radio has replaced spontaneous communication with God. He loves for us to walk and talk with Him. We can talk with Him constantly, not just meals, morning and nighttime. We are not instructed to face in any direction at certain times of day. God offers a complete open channel whereby we can walk and talk in any direction at any time and converse with Him …. about ANYTHING.
It is time to take time. Wait on the Lord, walk with Him. Get out of neutral ground, do not go to mutual ground, go straight to Holy Ground. When you walk with Him, He will order your days. There will be time for everything. Life will slow down and you will have peace in your heart.
Deuteronomy 5:33 (NASB)
“You shall walk in all the way which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you will possess.”
Jeremiah 7:23 (NASB)
But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’
2 Corinthians 6:16b-18 (NASB)
16b … just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 17 “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. 18 “And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.
Today. It is time to get out of the fast, faster, fastest mode with God, spouse, children, parents, friends and even the chance meeting of someone God places in your path.
~ RBG © 2018