What is pace? Well, simply put, it is the speed or rate at which something progresses or moves forward.
Lately, in my pursuit of self, I have been taking day-long trips to the surrounding forests of this land of enchantment. I get away to find Him and me.
The drive to Jemez is a two-way road that winds through the beautiful scenery where desert and forest intersect; Beautiful to gaze upon.
Driving at a speed that is required and safe I make my way to my desired destination. But of course, people want to go faster and so they pass me. And at first, this bothered me, as I wave a sarcastic “bye-bye “.
Annoying! Why do they have to pass me?
And then self-awareness wakes up my mind as it should…
So, the question is, why do you care if people pass you, Georgina?
And this is where the truth comes out.
So, I confess.
Because they have a faster pace and it makes me question mine!
I hate that! I do!
Then I realized the life parallels.
I am more aware of the pace of others than my own, but why am I? I know better than that??
People passed me multiple times as I kept the speed limit. With each pass, I let go, “it’s ok they are moving at their own pace.”
But what about my pace?
My pace is steady and safe. I don’t want to speed and I don’t want to pass by the things, that are worth my observation, so fast that I don’t appreciate the view.
It was then that I got the revelation!
My pace is right for me.
I am moving at my own speed at last and that is the most satisfying factor!
I’m moving. I can make progress, but I will not let those who rush and pass me to cause me to speed up and keep up to a pace that is not my own and is not my rhythm.
This road trip epiphany reminded me of the verse that says:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.
I’ll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace….”
Matthew 11:28 The Message
I have a new rhythm of grace. You see there was a time in which the speed of my life got out of control, and I was tired and burned out.
My pace had stolen my peace and rest. I was so incredibly aware of the people around me and their own speed that I lost control of mine.
I lost my pace.
But God has taught me the rhythm of His grace. One that is my own. A life designed to ebb and flow from work to rest. Community to solitude.
The more I get to know who God is and His plan for my individual life, the more I get to know myself. I have found my pace and rhythm of grace, and that is right for me.
I thrill at big mountain tops and the steadiness of the valleys. He is with me in every turn I take. And my pace? Well, that’s our dance, the one that no one gets to cut into. A place where I am so personally loved known and accepted.
These are the chronicles; every little detail speaks and teaches valuable pieces of truth that in a moment change the paradigm and bring me into the rhythm of His grace.
I am glad you came along for this adventure.
Until next time remember God is in the details.
Yes! This completely resonates with me & my journey. I get it. Thanks for capturing this concept so beautifully. ❤
We are in the processing together and we trust the Master’s work in His timing.
Yes, it is good to just be me and not compare my pace with someone else’s, especially as I get older! I am okay! Thank you for the reminder about the importance of going to Jesus to recover from our hectic lives!
Thank you for reading Sandy. Yes I agree we all have a pace that we beautifully dance with our Heavenly Father.
I have always been a slow walker, the one at the end of the line. I have never regretted it, finding things the others overlooked.
Thank you for reading Dave. Yes I agree I don’t want to miss the details either. Those are the best!
“And my pace? Well, that’s our dance, the one that no one gets to cut into. A place where I am so personally loved known and accepted.”
WOW! So, so powerful and intimate share and description of your relationship / the relationship we have or need with Jesus!