This past week while in my study, I was taken by this thought; We are either in a state of rusting, rushing or resting. Let me explain… When we find ourselves in a routine, an unending loop of doing the same stuff day after day, we can get stuck and though there is movement it is not productive. I would call this rusting in that we are frozen from the things that will help us grow and be transformed. When rusting we lose our sense of purpose.
We can also be in a place of rushing, that is trying to make things happen. Our days are filled with frantic activity born out of chaos where we are trying to overcome anxiety and fear in our own strength. This is my personal struggle , I have to be intentional to not rush. The to-do list seems to never end and I think if I just had 30 hours in a day I could get it done. I need to learn, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD”
(Zechariah 4:6 ESV)
I think we all need a posture of peace and rest! It is interesting to note that Jesus never ran anywhere, he walked. Everything Jesus did was from a position of rest. Resting is not passive but it is active in waiting on the Lord, hearing his voice and walking in union with the Holy Spirit. I think this is at the core of what Canterbury offers those who come on the campus.
In this frantic world we need a different cadence one marked in the rhythm of the Holy Spirit knowing that all we have, all we do comes not of our own but rather by the grace and provision of Almighty God. A familiar verse to many… “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” (Psalms 127:1 ESV)
So stop rusting and rushing and discover the posture of rest. If you don’t know how or need some help I know just the place where this happens everyday.
The Rev. Jon Davis PhD