I’ve been driving since 2004. I started rather slow, allowing drivers to cut on me because during my first few months, I had difficulty changing steps with gas and clutch.
But as I grew more comfortable driving, the speed “virus” has caught up on me. I like driving in the fast lane, especially when my wife and I travel to the province.
Today, the speed virus is changing the face of our world. People will try and buy anything that offers the speediest result. Just consider the following:
* Federal Express promises to deliver, that’s why people all over the world bring their parcels and boxes to the nearby FedEx outlet.
* Lucky Me! The cheapest way, especially among the students, to feed one’s hungry stomach. Just open the styro container, pour hot water into it, and in a matter of minutes, your ready to satisfy your hunger pangs.
* Jollibee and McDonald’s—two of the world’s giant fastfood chains, boast of their “speedy services” to time-conscious customers.
* DSL connection…No more dial-up connections. Just ready your airborne access or LAN equipment and you could access the web anytime.
However, I realized that speed isn’t the only thing. There will always have to be times when we have to slow things down, and pause for more important reasons.
Take for example this Bible text in Mark 1:35
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
The speed virus had been, existing since Jesus’ time. People rushed to have their sick loved ones touched by Jesus. Blind men, who heard Jesus passing by, were calling out His name, hoping that their eyes could be opened.
All over Galilee and wherever Jesus would go, people are in need. In need of His touch, in need of His life-giving message and in need of His miracle.
Yet, Jesus never lost His sight on His priority. He was certainly tired after healing people and ministering to them prior to verse 36, but He took the time to be away from the concerns of the people. For Jesus, more than just the ministry, Jesus valued His relationship with God the Father.
The cares of this world at times, could sap our passion and zest for life. And like Jesus, it’s vital for all of us to stay connected with God.
The world we live in demands a lot of things—deadlines in our work, family responsibilities, exams in school, chores to attend to, among others.
But we can be like Jesus everyday, who chose to “close the door” to the speed virus
because He had a more important date with His Father in heaven.
How about you? Are bugged by the speed virus? Got a date with your Heavenly Father?