Fast is slow. Slow is Smooth, Smooth is fast, so……slow is FAST!

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A few years ago my son in law was finishing the basement in their house. I helped him hang sheet rock and then we started taping and applying the compound to the joints to make the wall smooth where pieces of sheet rock were against one another. If you aren’t familiar with how sheet rock is made, the edges are beveled to allow for the compound to be applied and you apply the tape and compound to make it smooth. I showed him a few, how to apply thin coats of compound and then after it had dried, sand the joint smooth and put another coat on, and told him it would likely take 3 or 4 coats. They lived about 2 hours away and it was a couple weeks before we were back at their house and I saw the work he had done. Well, it appeared like he had gotten in a hurry, applied too thick of a coat and didn’t sand it because he figured as long as he got the joints mostly smooth it was no big deal. Except, if you apply the compound too thickly when it dries, it cracks and that’s what had happened. He complained about how it looked, so we had to then do a lot of sanding of the joints to make them ready for another coat or two of compound. Doing it the way he did resulted in a much longer process and more work to get to the job done. He hurried too much and because of that got sloppy, didn’t do it well and it ended up taking longer and required more work.

In the military one hears a lot of expressions and some seem counterintuitive, they just seem to go against common sense. One such expression is “fast is slow” usually followed by another saying, “slow is smooth, smooth is fast, so slow is fast.” OKAY, now WHAT doe that mean? Well, often when one tries to hurry doing something, they don’t do it well because they get sloppy, doing it to get it done but not doing a good job. Not going slowly and smoothly, creating more work, more hardships and not getting the results one wanted unless they take far more time to correct the mess they created trying to rush.

I was reminded of this when I overslept this morning and tried to hurry to get ready so I wouldn’t be too late. WELL………I spilled water while making coffee, knocked stuff over while carrying things out to the pick up and a few other ways managed to make more work for myself had I just taken my time and gone a little slower. Fast is slow, because I had to clean up the water I spilled straighten up the stuff I knocked over, and other ways undid the other messes I made. SO…..had I taken time to do things correctly, going just a little slower I would have been able to do things smoothly….and therefore faster than I ended up getting things done.

Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.   Proverbs 19:2

 

The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.  Proverbs 21:5

 

I found a couple little articles that also mentioned that if one fails to test a spirit to see if it is true because they hurry too much, the create problems or themselves and can easily fall into a trap that Satan has laid for them.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  1 John 4:1

There are also a lot of scriptures about being patient and waiting as I mentioned in a post a few days ago. So we see that scripture tells us to not be too hasty with things, don’t let things move or happen too quickly, that we should wait on the Lord and be patient. In real life, little lessons about things being done in haste, without taking time to do things properly one ends up with a mess that once done cleaning up after rushing and being sloppy one loses time. And, as the military adage goes: Fast is slow but slow is smooth, smooth is fast, so slow is fast. Obviously, I put more value in the scripture than in the other things, but they do serve as real life examples of what we need to remember in our Christian walks.

 

Lord, I praise the Lord of lords and marvel at your majesty. I thank You for all the blessings and for my redemption and forgiveness that you give me.  I ask in the name of Jesus that you continue to help me grow in Christ. I ask that you use me and this blog to help others and that if anyone else feels like the rushed and find that in their haste they created more problems that You help them see how to stop, slow down and do things right. That they know how to clean up the messes in their lives and their walk with You so they can proceed slowly, smoothly and thereby more quickly realize the full extent of the blessings that You have for them. Teach us all to wait patiently and not hurry; to test spirits first; to see what is of God and what is not. Draw us all closer Lord.

Amen

 

I hope all have a blessed day and a chance to be a blessing to others.

 

 

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The tumbler.

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When I was young, my grandmother got into rock hounding, hunting for various kinds of rock to polish and use for different things. Started out small agates, colored rocks that can be put into a tumbler with some abrasive compound and over time the rough spots get smoothed out, gradually changing to finer and finer compound that is less abrasive, making them smoother and eventually shiny. Sometimes she made earrings, necklaces or other jewelry and other times she just put them into jars and such to display. But, the difference was amazing. The rocks were rough, ugly, and plain but with the right effort they became beautiful new things.

That is exactly how God does with us if we ask Him to do so and let Him. He has done so me and while I am not to the spiritual place He plans for me yet He has made so many improvements and is still working on me. When I was at a point I was just one of many stones strewn about, not really something spectacular in His sight He saw the potential and knew that when I was ready He could make me into something beautiful and useful for Christ. I called out to Him and He delivered me. Jesus picked me up and put me into His tumbler. I went through situations that were trying, and as I was tumbling around he started removing the rough edges then started polishing me through my study of the Bible and prayer. Christ has made me something much more pleasing in His sight and while I still have some tumbling/learning and growing to do I feel He is very pleased with the results so far. I still need polished, I think that humans never get to that state of perfection, there will always be blemishes of some sort, but oh how I have begun to take on the shine of Jesus in my life. Some will look more critically to try to find every flaw they may find, but He looks at me, at us, differently. God has a use and purpose for me and will keep polishing me until He is ready to fully use me and once there, it doesn’t mean He is done. There will be times I may need to be cleaned and polished again as I make mistakes as I am human and will likely always make a mistake now and again. Not because I intend to do so, but because that is how it is for humans. But, God won’t cast me aside if I get a little dirty or chipped. He will polish me again and put me back to use for His Glory.

 

Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation. Exodus 15:13

 

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:14

 

Lord, I thank You for picking me up out of the rubble, for putting me through trials, teaching me, polishing me and making me into what only You saw me capable of becoming. I praise You for Your patience, mercy and effort. I thank You for my salvation and redemption. I ask in the name of Jesus that You continue to polish me into what you wish me to be, make be a better servant. Help me seek You better. I pray You bring all to You and show us all Your way for us. Teach us all the truth of Your love and mercy.

Amen

 

Thanks for the visit. I hope all have a blessed day and are a blessing to another as well.