A young and successful executive was travelling through a rough neighborhood, going a bit too fast in his brand new Jaguar. As he slowed down, he thought he saw something.  Then he heard a loud bang.  A brick smashed into the side of the Jag! 

The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid shouting, "What was that all about and who are you? That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost you a lot of money. Why did you do it?"

The young boy was apologetic. "I am sorry, Mister, but I didn’t know what else to do," he pleaded.  "I threw the brick at the first car I saw because no one else would stop..."

With tears dripping down his face, the boy pointed to a spot just around a parked car.  "It’s my brother, "he said."  He fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.  He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.  Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair?”

The man hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair.  “Thank you very much, Mister," the grateful boy told the stranger.

It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door.  He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: "Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!"

We live in a society where we are often very busy.   Technology it seems is more of a distraction than a help.  We are all in such a rush that life has been going so fast.  Even the lazy days of summer have been transformed into busy days of vacationings and campings.  All of us seem to be in the fast lane of the turnpikes and parkways of life that we need to listen once more to Jesus.

After the disciples had gone through all the villages, after they had driven out demons, anointed sick people, they felt the spirit moved them.  They did not want to lose the momentum.  They wanted to keep on going. 

That is when Jesus told them "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."

We are no better than our loving Lord.  If He who is in charge of the whole universe from time immemorial reminded us to take some rest, why do we not listen?  If He who himself rested after six days of creating this immense world, why do we not take it as an example?  And if He who wants us to slow down in the busyness of our lives, why should we not harken to his message?

There is a temptation in life to be overwhelmed by things, people and events. The disciples were probably going to burn out if they had not drawn aside with Jesus.

God cannot speak his gentleness in our hearts if we are so preoccupied.  God is rarely found in the midst of noise, but can easily be discovered in the music of silence.  And, God cannot find his space and time in us if we do not have the time and space for him.

There is a deeper meaning to taking some rest with God.  It means surrendering that which can never be replaced or returned—our time. 

What is time?  Albert Einstein says it is an illusion. He could have said it is all relative because time is a measurement of the life we live in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries and millennia.  It is mind boggling because God is in existence before and outside of it.  No wonder Dave Barry said that “aside from Velcro, time is the most mysterious substance in the universe. You can't see it or touch it, yet a plumber can charge you upwards of seventy-five dollars per hour for it, without necessarily fixing anything.”

There is wisdom in taking some rest with God.  There is a greater wisdom in being quiet with God. When everything in our lives stop and all we hear is the sound of our hearts, it is better to value how it sounds.  Because then we will understand what it is really saying.

Not the sound of a speeding Jaguar or the sound of a crashing brick.  But the silence of a loving God who has resided in our space and who has rested in our time.

22 July 2012

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