Last March when COVID barged in and erased everything on the Jones family calendar, I thought it would be easy to rest. I was wrong.
My nagging, performance-driven thoughts urged, “You can’t rest! You must do more! You’re not enough!” With my calendar freshly cleared, I finally heard the taunts which were there all along.
I stumbled upon a Dallas Willard quote about ruthlessly eliminating hurry from our lives. This compelled me to further examination, which included devouring John Mark Comer’s book, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry. Here, I learned the distinction between being “busy” (having a lot to do) and being “hurried” (an internal sense that you can’t slow down).
Hurry was my problem! Deep sadness flooded me when I realized my constant hurry prevented me from being fully present with those I loved most, including my Heavenly Father and my precious Savior. I hadn’t slowed down enough internally to really listen to them. This wasn’t how I wanted to live.
I have a plaque in my home office with Psalm 46:10 on it – “Be still and know that I am God.” Daily quiet time was my cherished practice, as was taking a day each week as a family to stop our regular work and rest. How could I have missed the fact that I wasn’t actually resting? At least not experiencing the deep, peaceful, internal rest my loving Heavenly Father wants to give me?
Eliminating hurry is effective only to the extent that it allows me to come to Jesus with all my attention and just focus on Him. He is the Prince of Peace and the giver of peace. Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart” (John 14:27). He also said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). As I put His words into practice and come to Him without hurry (or more often, come to Him with my hurry and GIVE it to Him), He gives me rest and His perfect peace.
As activities fill our 2021 calendars, hurry will continue to steal the peace from our hearts. Will you join me in using this awareness of lack of peace as a reminder to immediately reconnect with Jesus and abide in Him? It is as easy as remembering He is always right beside us and simply talking to Him in the midst of our daily lives. He is our peace!
Becky Jones loves being a stay-at-home mom, part-time TCA substitute teacher and PTF board member. She and her husband Doug have been married for 22 years and have three daughters: Allison '20, Emily (11th) and Kylie (9th).