Slow Up or Speed Down?

by Jimmy Pruitt


I was caught in traffic due to construction on the I-75 in the middle of nowhere in North Texas. I watched with curiosity as people become agitated, then angry, and then aggressively peeling off one by one, driving across the grass median, risking damage to their cars, just to get to the service road.

They chose movement over waiting. I had to smile (bad Jimmy) when it was apparent that the access road ended and they had to slowly and painstakingly merge back into the same line of cars they had so quickly abandoned.

In life there is a time to generate movement, spin your wheels, and put the pedal to the metal, but there is also a time to be still, wait, rest and receive the strength that only the Lord can provide. When was the last time you throttled back, took a little more time, and poured an extra cup of coffee without rushing off to the next task on your To Do list?

Wait before the Lord even if everything in you screams, “It’s a waste of time!” Trust me on this, it’s the very thing you need in order to know Him, love people and embrace life. Why not today? Why not now? Wait for the Lord.


They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31