• Felecia Datus

The Danger of Moving Too Fast

When I went to bed on Monday night, the lawn was white with snow. It rained through the night and the temperature rose slightly. When I woke up, most of the snow was gone. Happiness was suddenly severed by a chilling thought: too quickly - the snow melted too quickly. Then the reports of flooding started to come in...

You see, a few weeks ago, winter dumped about 8 inches of snow on us. Driving was difficult, shoveling was miserable, and digging cars out of their snowy beds was an awful chore for many. Needless to say, people were looking forward to the snow (and cold) being gone. However, no matter how much disdain you have for the snow, you never want it to melt too fast because of the risk of flooding.

There are many things in life that should happen gradually. If you rush the process, you may get what you desire, but it will turn into a nightmare. If you lack patience, sooner or later, life will teach you the importance of waiting and taking things slow. The temptation to rush ahead, instead of letting time have its way, causes many of us to lose our focus on Christ. In so doing, we open a floodgate of disaster. Here are a few situations that need a lot of time and patience:

1. Healing

For many years I've struggled with health challenges. I wondered why God didn't just fix the issue; I wanted a quick fix and to stop struggling. The years rolled by and healing hasn't come in the way that I would like. However, one thing that I do realize is that everyday, I am very thankful for life and physical strength. In many cases, physical healing takes time. The same applies for healing after emotional trauma. Allow time to heal you slowly. Too many people have gotten themselves in devastating situations because they are trying to get better quickly. It's perfectly normal to want to get better as soon as possible, but there are times when it will take some time. While you wait for healing, use the time to renew your spiritual strength in God.

Isa. 40:31 - Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.

2. Conversion

This area is perhaps one of the most challenging things for many Christians. Perhaps you have been praying for a spouse, child, friend, or relative to come to Christ and nothing seems to be happening. Don't give up, but at the same time, don't rush the process. Ironically, food can kill a starving person. The toll that starvation takes on the body can cause an individual to go into shock if they are given solid food. The feeding process must happen gradually. Feeding too quickly can be fatal. For many unbelievers, they need the Gospel in liquid form first. It takes time for them to digest spiritual meat. Don't move too quickly and don't give up on someone who has not yet accepted Christ.

1 Cor. 3:2 - I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.

3. Relationships

Don't we all know the pain of moving too quickly into a relationship? E.G. White writes, "True love is a high and holy principle, altogether different in character from that love which is awakened by impulse and which suddenly dies when severely tested. True love is not a strong, fiery impetuous passion. On the contrary, it is calm and deep in nature. Love is plant of heavenly growth, and it must be fostered and nourished." When considering a person for marriage, take your time. It's better to be single and wish you were married, than to be married and wish you were single. To avoid heartache, use your season of singleness as a time to seek God, learn about yourself, and serve others.

Eccl. 3:1,8 - There is a time for everything...a time to love...

4. Education

There are many educated fools today because of the assumption that education is something that must be attained in a brief amount of time. While you can get a degree in a relatively short time, true education (which encompasses wisdom) takes time and must not be rushed. In order to understand the world and people, we must learn to slow down and take in the moment. Students are under a great deal of stress because they are making an effort to save time and money by packing courses closely together. What ends up happening is that what is memorized quickly is also forgotten quickly.

Pro. 4:7 - The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

5. Financial security

In Proverbs 23, we read, "Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it. When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings like an eagle that flies toward the heavens." How true it is; money disappears quickly. Unless you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, it takes time to build wealth. Many who attempt to bypass time have gotten caught in webs of scams and shady activities, only to see their money sprout wings and fly away. Be patient as you seek financial security for yourself and your family.

6. Christ's Revelation to you

A while back, I remember being in such emotional pain that I lay curled in a ball for hours begging God to reveal Himself. Right then and there, I wanted to see Him, hear Him, feel Him. I begged for Him to reveal Himself in the most powerful way that I could handle. That manifestation came through a voice that couldn't be heard and a touch that couldn't be felt. If Christ did reveal Himself immediately to me, I would not be able to handle it. That's why a daily walk with Him is crucial: He is slowly revealing Himself to us because if it happened quickly, we would be obliterated. In time, if we are patient and trust Him, He will reveal Himself fully at His Second Coming. All of the circumstances that God allows to come into our lives to test our patience are like tiny stones that will build a mountain of faith and trust needed as we wait for Christ to return.

Heb. 10:37 - For, "In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay."

I'd like to hear from you! What are some other life situations that require time? What verses and quotes help you when you get impatient? Share in the comments below.

Also, visit us for Mid-Week Oasis every Wednesday at 7 pm when we come together to share how God is working through various situations in our lives.

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