A Turtle’s Pace

Read: “Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.” Romans 12:2 (VOICE)

“…to take a fresh breath and to let God renew your attitude and spirit.” Ephesians 4:23 (VOICE)

Reflect: “You will never be free.” “Joy is for other people to experience.” “This is as good as it gets.” Each of us has lies our minds believe that have been put there by others or our culture. These were a few of mine. In order to experience the transformation God desires for me, I needed to Stop believing those lies and Start hearing his truth.

While I wish that transformation could always be a quick process, my experience has taught me that it can be incredibly slow. Through the practice of spending time resting in God’s presence, we become aware of wounds tucked away deep inside. Being open enough to explore those lies allows God to work on transforming them into new truths we can apply in our daily lives. Transformation requires vulnerability before God as well as the support of others in our lives. After practicing this for several years, internal lies are much easier for me to spot and the truth of God’s love becomes much easier to hear.

There is a saying, “Better to tame a lion, than prod a turtle.” I recognize my tendency to be a lion and go after what I am seeing or longing for, maximizing and meeting the love my mind has for learning and fixing. In many areas of my life I have seen this gift serve me well. Other wisdom says, “The slower you go, the farther you get.” I am consistently reminded in this season of transformation, that it is the pace of the turtle that will take me where I need to be.

React: What can you do to create some margin in your life? How can you create time to explore the wounds and lies that have been influencing your life and start to embrace the loving truth God has for you?

Pray: God, thank you for loving us and caring about the details of our everyday life. Help us to experience your truth as we spend time in your presence.