Following the Holy Spirit means that we allow the Holy Spirit to set the direction & pace regardless of the terrain. So I’m learning that the course navigation isn’t up to me, nor are the seeming detours when I think we are aiming for a particular destination.
Additionally, for pace, there are times when the Holy Spirit seems to move slower than molasses in Winter. At other times, it feels like I’m on the Aerosmith rollercoaster at Universal Studios, going from 0-60mph in 4seconds. Exhilarating!!!
And then there’s the terrain part of following the Holy Spirit – bumpy, hilly, rocky, smooth, dusty, pristine, raucous & serene.
To be sure, following the Holy Spirit is a lifelong journey in which we get to know the Holy Spirit better & better one step at a time!
America has this very civilized concept called speed limits & they’re very nice in theory. Speed limits are supposed to keep us driving at a safe speed & help us get to our destination in an orderly fashion.
Me, not so much. It’s not that I’m rebellious, I just like to go fast & not only with driving. With my “go fast” mentality, here are a few things I’m learning lately from God
*Slowing down isn’t failure it’s the space you need to marinate: time is often a necessary ingredient for a thorough outcome & not just something that’s half-baked, or good enough
*pacing enables me to go farther, longer & finish rather than burning myself out with each beginning
*sometimes I speed to excuse a lack of discipline in my life or to compensate for not being proficient at something; some people use the same idea but for going slowly & maybe being obstinate 🙂
*I’m learning to trust God for the various seasons & paces in my life – growing & learning
Today I had a blast!! I got to work out & play some basketball for the first time since having shoulder surgery 8weeks ago. Truth be known, it was pretty pathetic but I was excited nonetheless! I TOTALLY love getting to shoot some ball, I like having good carido endurance & I’m super eager to get back to some swimming. All of this with the ring in my ears of the word, “pacing”.
I tend to want to do things fast, furious & full on – but this technique also comes with a greater potential for injury & that’s no bueno.
There’s a lot to be said for pacing & going through the various processes in life. I’m reminded that God didn’t make the world in one day, but rather made the process & timing so that creation would be wholly functional & healthy for us.
If you’re the impatient type of person like me, letting cool our jets & celebrate the journey & process 🙂
Progress is something we all seem keen to experience. We all like to get better, do better & make progress – super appealing. But sometimes the tricky part with progress is the pace – slow progress can be maddening & fast progress can be scary. But I choose to celebrate progress regardless of the pace 🙂
So my shoulder is making progress compared to when it was dislocated a few months ago & compared to the surgery on it two weeks ago. Is it the speedy progress where I can start swimming & playing basketball now? Not quite but with some physical therapy & a few months work, I should be better than where I started even before I dislocated my shoulder.
Sometimes we have to go back before we can make progress 🙂