Busy or Hurried?


Is it possible to be busy without being hurried?

"Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer. Simon and those with him tracked him down. When they found him, they told him, ‘Everyone’s looking for you!’ He replied, ‘Let’s head in the other direction, to the nearby villages, so that I can preach there too. That’s why I’ve come.’ He traveled throughout Galilee preaching in their synagogues and throwing out demons” (Mark 1:35–39, CEB).

Early in the morning, my phone started ringing. By 9:00 am, I’d gotten five texts, two phone calls and three e-mails—just about the details of carpools and so on for activities at school and church for my fifteen year old. I love that my kids want to serve at church, that they play sports. But I seem to spend a lot of my time driving, or coordinating driving, for my kids’ activities.

The rest of my day was full of writing projects, a meeting with a client (more driving), and more calls, e-mails and texts about other details of my life. I made some time for solitude by turning off the radio while driving, and by taking a walk late in the day.

Jesus didn’t have to manage carpools while juggling work assignments, but He did have plenty of people who demanded much of Him. His life was full of interruptions—even His quiet time got interrupted! The Gospels, especially Mark’s, read like a fast-paced novel in which Jesus seems to keep a pretty busy schedule.

And yet, Jesus was never hurried. In the midst of other people’s demands, He is unruffled. He always seems to have time for what matters. “Busy” is an external thing—our to-do list and responsibilities. “Hurry” is an internal state of agitation caused by how we choose to respond to our schedules.

FAITH STEP: Read through Mark 1. Make up a list of the things Jesus does, the overall pace of His life. Journal about the "hurry level" of your life, and how you might be able to change that.

Written by Keri Wyatt Kent

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