Did you know that the minute-hand wasn’t added to most clocks until the industrial revolution? A one-handed clock sounds strange doesn’t it? Then you throw in the technological revolution. We live at the speed of light instead of the speed of a seed planted in the ground. And I’m not sure it’s healthy or holy! Corrie Ten Boom said, “If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.”
I’m more and more convinced that Psalm 46:10 is one of the most difficult and most important verses in the Bible: “Be still and know that I am God.” If you working too much and not taking a sabbath, it probably means you’re trying to play God. I think the sabbath is a weekly reminder that I am NOT God and I don’t keep the planets in orbit. God does. And He doesn’t my help!
I read a fascinating study last week. To a person living in the city, a pause will seem twice as long as it does to someone living in the country. For those of us who live in urban areas, that has huge ramifications. I think it’s harder to slow down! Why? Because of the pace of life around us. Plus we’re adrenaline junkies!
I always come back to my little formula: change of pace + change of place = change of perspective.