Rush Hour

Rush Hour

It seems to be the culture of Americans to constantly be in a rush. The drive thru line is more than 2 cars long…no way, & if we have to pull forward and wait for our food, that is just unacceptable! This Frozen Dinner has to be microwaved for 5 min then stirred and microwaved again…who has time for that?! That light has been red for 1 min…it must be malfunctioning. This car in front of me is going the 2 miles under the speed limit…do they not realize I have some where to be?! We are ALWAYS in a rush!

Because of the “Give it to me now” culture that Americans seem to cling to, it is hard not to force that opinion on God. We know His promises, we say we trust His ways, we know that He is God above all…yet we still question one little thing about Him…His timing! Often times, He moves slower that we would prefer.

Toby Mac posted this quote recently, “Be careful about rushing God’s timing, you never know who or what He is protecting you from.” In driving, it is during Rush Hour that there is the most traffic, and often more accidents. In our Rush, we tend to be later than if we had just stuck to the plan! Just as in life, in our rush to perfect our lives through the lenses of our preferences, we will rush our way right out of the will of God for our lives and into a traffic jam of mistakes and accidents. God is calling us to have the vision to see things as He sees them, and live within that time zone. He desires for us to slow down and allow Him to perfect whatever season of life we are  in.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” The author is reminding us that the most beautiful things come not from living in the Rush Hour, but from living in the beauty of God’s perfect timing. Even the author knows that it is hard because we cannot see the scope of God’s work, yet that is where our faith comes into play. The knowledge that God is working all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28) should be enough to slow us down! We KNOW He is working ALL things for GOOD. So there is no need to rush! For we have been promised that the GOOD is coming. And God’s good is greater than a human manufactured good could ever be!

“He’s an on time God, yes He is! He may not come when you want Him, but He’ll be there right one time. He’s an on time God, YES HE IS” The healing, that perfect mate, that job, that restoration– it is coming, it may be closer than you think. Resist the urge to be in the Rush Hour, that is usually when there’s the most traffic anyways. Instead, let’s set our clocks to God’s time zone, slow down, and watch as He does what He does best– works it all out for our good!

Have a great week!

Katie Pate


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