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Weekly Devotionals

Slow Your Roll to the Stroll of the Foal

It happened. We are now parents of 4 and officially double-teamed! (Insert appropriately fitting “shocked” emoji here)

As we navigate this new space in our lives, and working with a 10-year differential between our oldest and youngest, getting everyone on the same page is a challenge. I realize that before proper potty training or shoe tying, we should start with the reading of clocks so we can synchronize our time schedules.

With seemingly so much to do in so little time, it’s easy to rush and push our kids to hurry for whatever is coming next in our day with all the chaos in mind, yet little understanding from our children as to why we went from 0 to 10 in such a short period. I can hear some passing thoughts they may have right now: “Is there an emergency? Why did daddy put my pants on backwards? Am I about to live out the plot for the next installment of Home Alone?”

When finally en route to where we are headed, I sometimes reflect on how much of life could be less stressful, if we strategically went at the pace of the children. It does take a little more “adulting” than I’d like to admit at this point in my life, but it’s so very easy to get caught up in the swift tempo and lose the purpose in our precious moments (especially for those that move at a different speed).

Speaking of precious moments, how about that time when Jacob and Esau met up with each other for the first time after all the drama went down years before, involving birthrights and blessings. After their warm embrace, it was time to move on and Jacob had a different approach to how they would move forward:

“But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die. So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.” (Genesis 33:13-14)

(You don’t need to have children to get this one.) What can we learn from Jacob’s words here? Maybe, slow it down for a minute. Catch your breath. Think about what you are doing and where you are going. Jesus was always heading somewhere and the buzz around him was probably deafening at times. But, he took the time to stop, to see people, to minister, to connect with them (even at the pace of the children) and most importantly, to withdraw to the Father in solitude.

So, as you read this and survey your current pace of life today, take a moment and pray about how you can dial it back a little bit, and yes, still be productive. I’m confident that you will be able to see people, to minister, to connect with them, and most importantly, to withdraw to the Father in solitude.