So they hurried off
and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby,
who was lying in the manger. Luke 2:16
Hurry. It seems that's all we do lately. And so we are encouraged to slow down, be still. I said so myself just a few weeks ago. Shhhh the activity!
And yet there is a time to hurry-
~Zacchaeus, filled with curiosity, hurried ahead to climb a tree so he could see Jesus.
~The father, filled with compassion, ran to welcome his prodigal home.
~Mary and the women, filled with confusion, ran to the disciples - who ran to the empty tomb.
~Philip, filled with the Spirit, ran to the chariot to share the Word with the Ethiopian.
And the shepherds, filled with wonder after their heavenly host encounter, hurried to Bethlehem, ran to see Jesus.
When should we hurry?
~When it is running to Jesus!
~When it is hurrying to show compassion.
~When it is eagerly sharing the Word.
After they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child.
Then they returned [to their neighborhood, their work, their environment] glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Solomon said, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." I'm going to boldly add to his list in Eccl. 3:1-8:
There is a time to hurry and a time to be still.
Oh that we would know the difference!
Do you (like me) ever confuse when to be busy and when to be still?
What do you do about it?