Life passes very fast, yet all of us try to rush into things and make it pass even faster. Even if you are one of those people who think they take their time, enjoying the different stages of their lives, I guarantee you that you, too, are in some way trying to rush through life. We always desire what is ahead, convincing ourselves that if we were just there, or at that age, or with such-and-such a person, or in such-and-such a job, then we would be happy.
But every moment we live is a blessing. Every person we meet is fascinating. Every place we visit is an adventure. Every activity we engage in is a delight. Every stage of our lives is a wonder. We must become more aware of the beauty in everything we experience. If we are single, we should revel in the joy of being free. If we have a commitment, we should savor the glory and security of being committed to something or someone.
When we rush through things, we tend to miss the beauty of our surroundings, and we tend not to learn whatever it is we were intended to learn in that specific time or situation of our lives. We also forget things much more easily; we do not savor the little blessings in our lives. And it is much easier to make mistakes. When we rush through a recipe, we are more likely to end up with something unsavory or inedible. When we rush through cleaning our house, it is much easier to leave some corners dirty. It is no different with the larger issues of our lives. When we rush into making decisions, chances are we will overlook some important detail, some key factor and make a huge mistake. When we rush into getting a job or when we rush into relationships, we might be setting ourselves up for big disappointments.
Some things are too important to rush into. Good things come to us with the passing of time. A good friendship, a good wine, a good romantic relationship they all have one thing in common, and that is that time makes them better and richer. Especially when it comes to relationships, our heart needs to be ready, and the heart of the other person needs to be ready. If not, we may go through a very painful experience. For good things to come, we need to have patience. And we need to trust that God is the one who moves and changes hearts and we cannot and should not rush Him!
Wisdom to contemplate:
“There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for every affair under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.”