You know what they say.
You’ve probably heard them yourself, and you know what they say.
Look at Jesus, they say. He was never in haste, and never late for an appointment. Let Him be your model. His people should be calm and unhurried.
They are full of it, I say.
Well, alright. In light of the present age, with its busyness-as-personal-worth measuring stick, they may be offering a valid pushback. Although Jesus did a lot of things His people don’t achieve… I haven’t had anyone haggling me because I can’t walk across a lake in a storm, or heal paralysis by touch.
If Jesus was never in a hurry (which I am not convinced of, to be really honest with you), it’s because he was God, and God does not miss His own appointments. But Scripture is full of stories in which holy people rushed around to join Him at His chosen times and places.
Look. You have…
Angels rushing Lot out of the city
Rebekah hurrying to water Eliezer’s camels
The Israelites scarfing down the first Passover meal, per God’s commandment
Moses hurrying to worship
Holy armies hastening to war
David running toward his giant
Abigail hurrying to fend off the attack of armed and dangerous men
Mary hurrying to see Elisabeth
The shepherds dashing to the manger to worship the Baby
Zacchaeus launching out of his tree
and Paul hurrying to celebrate Pentecost in Jerusalem.
If you want to tell me that the lives of Jesus’ followers should not be characterized by agitation and constant rush, you have a point worth making. If you want to say we’re rushing for the wrong things, or that proper planning can save last minute scrambling, I’m on board. If you want to say that listening to the Holy Spirit can quiet our hearts and supernaturally prepare us for things to come, I couldn’t agree more.
But we are human. We usually cannot see the future, we make mistakes, and we struggle to stay ahead of our tasks. “Christians should always be unhurried” is awfully close to “Christians should always be comfortable” which is awfully close to straight-up heresy.
Sometimes we are capable of far more than we think, if we’re willing to put up with a little rush and chaos. Sometimes the unexpected arrives on our doorstep, and we hustle to make it work.
We hurry to join God in the places He wants us.
It’s time we stopped feeling guilty for it.