Hair on Fire
"The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry." Brooks (Shawshank Redemption)
When I saw this clip for the first time, I truly could relate to Brooks. I live in a small rural community, but even out here people drive and walk around as if their hair is on fire. What "is" the big damn hurry? I work in utility maintenance and repair, and many times I have to park on the side of the road with all of my safety markers out. We (my crew) have to put them out to warn people we are there so that they will be watchful of our presence, and to let them know we will be camped out on the side of the road for a few minutes impeding traffic a little. Yesterday while I was working, instead of slowing down as a mark of respect and safety, people gunned their gas pedals and sped by! Most of the time going full speed! I mean, what if I weren't paying attention and walked out into the road? Well, I would be a greasy spot on the pavement. It seemed that folks were angry that I was in their way. Many times they would give me the stink eye while they passed as if I were just sitting in the middle of the road intentionally trying to slow them down. I personally would have loved to be somewhere else being that it was a Saturday, but I was working to restore service to a customer. You would think they would appreciate that. It was frustrating and comical all at the same time (Some people give good dirty looks!). I wish that I could say that I have always been patient and relaxed in my approach to life, but I can't say that I have. I do have to admit that I don't struggle with "road rage" like I did in my early days of driving. But I do occasionally get aggravated with folks who drive under the speed limit when I am forced to travel behind them. So what is the hurry? Where are we going so fast? I don't know. What I do know are a few things that Scripture says about this. Most of the time our compulsion to hurry is a direct result of anxiety and fear. I hope these will help.
12Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.
Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
2 Timothy 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Matthew 6:34 - Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.
1 Peter 5:7 - Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Philippians 4:19 - But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Philippians 4:7 - And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 26:3 - Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.
John 16:33 - These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Matthew 6:27 - Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.