“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.“- Saint Francis de Sales
On Sunday, we had a snow storm in Cincinnati. Six inches of snow fell in just a few hours. It caught the department of transportation off guard, so the roads were treacherous. I’m no stranger to snow being from the East Coast. I’ve shoveled enough snow for the rest of my life, and I’ve been driving in it since I was sixteen. Everybody can’t drive in snow. Some don’t take necessary precautions like ensuring their tires aren’t bald. Others don’t observe driving rules like maintaining a few car lengths distance. This seems especially true for trucks and SUV’s. Perhaps it is their size or their 4WD/AWD options, but the drivers of these vehicles were on my tail attempting to make me go faster while cars were slip sliding and 360’ing in front of us. I hate tailgating, even in good weather. I think…what’s your rush? Where are you going in this snow with its low visibility and slick conditions? Generally, the answer is to the next light or stop sign. Really?! the plow people haven’t even made it out here, yet you’re in a HURRY – moving or acting with great haste; doing or finishing quickly or too quickly.
“Nature does not hurry ,
yet everything is accomplished.”
— Lao Tzu, Chinese Philosopher
Why are you in such a hurry? Is some external person or force attempting to make you move or decide faster than you should? Yes, there are times when we experience the urgency of now and must act immediately, but I would venture to say on more occasions haste and hurry do not suit us because they are born of anxiety, impatience, poor planning, pride, or folly. Proverbs 19:2 AMP tells us,“Also, it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries with his feet [acting impulsively and proceeding without caution or analyzing the consequences] sins (misses the mark). Sometimes moving more deliberately provides us safety and allows us to arrive at our destination unimpaired. So, what’s your rush?