I often want to rush through things, get to the good stuff. But such rushing often causes unnecessary pain. I have discovered that slowing down helps. Even in training to run a race.
A marathon takes a lot of time. Not only the weeks and months of training, but the actual event takes anywhere from 3-6 hours to run. Most runners would like to go faster, finish quicker.
But what if we just slowed down. At least for a moment.
My running friend, Bob Timmons, connected to me a beautiful video from last month’s Twin Cities Marathon that does just that. A friend of Bob, Ben Gavin, who works for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, shot a series of super slow motion clips that he titled Extraordinary Human Beings in Slow Motion at the Twin Cities Marathon Finish Line
What struck me in the video is that it expresses a central truth not only about the marathon, but also about life. Life, like a marathon, is not one thing, but an incredible series of moments that are strung together. The trick is to stay in the moment, in the now, and not worrying about the future or obsessing about the past. Each moment is a moment of beauty. Some days we need to slow down to see it.
As the Psalmist wrote, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
Lord Jesus, teach me to walk with you, moment by moment.