It was right then that The Lord spoke.
"My love, why is it good that you are off pace?"
"Huh? It's not! I'm trying to catch up, push harder!"
"Did I ask you to push harder?"
"Um, well, no, but I should......"
"No, My love, I am trying to teach you something this morning."
"Another lesson, Lord? Really? Do I really have to learn another lesson?"
"Yes, My child, you do. Why is it good that you are off pace?"
"Sigh. I know, 'Give thanks in all circumstances.'"
"Yes, you should do that. But that is not what I am trying to teach you this morning. Why is it good that you are off pace?"
"Sigh. Okay, Father, I'll think about it. Well, it will take more time for me to complete my walk. More sunshine and vitamin D." (I am vitamin D deficient)
"Good. What else."
"More? Sigh. Longer to pump endorphins?"
"Good. What else?"
"Longer to sweat out toxins?"
"Yes. What else?"
"Longer to work my arms, additional strength and toning. Changing up my walking style since my pace is off so that I am lunging more, working a whole different set of muscles harder than normal."
"Excellent. What else?"
"A slower pace lets me observe more of the beauty around me. Things I hadn't noticed on my head-down-focused-on-pace walks."
"Excellent. Apply these things to your life, My love. You laid a route, set a pace, and have been upset that I have taken you outside that route and pace."
(Head cocked to one side, eyebrow raised) "Yes, Lord, I have been upset. Very!"
"You have pushed. Tried to force the pace. Set the goal yourself. Tried to force the path to bend and curve, climb, descend, and have flat resting stretches where you felt they were needed."
(Head hung) "Yes, Father, I have."
"Do you believe I love you? Have your best interest in mind? Know what is best for you?"
"Then let Me set the path. Let Me place the difficult terrain where it needs to be. Let Me give you the flat path when I know you need the rest. Let Me work the muscles harder that need to be worked. Let Me sweat out the toxins of this world from your spirit and give you spiritual health. Let Me give you the emotions I want you to have - and remove them in My time. Let Me shine the light of my glory and grace on you. You will reach the goal - Heaven, service to Me - much more efficiently if you do!"
"Oh, Daddy God! I never thought of it that way! I trust You, Lord! I will let You set the pace! I will let You form the path! Thank You for showing me!"
"...and he has showered down upon us the richness of his grace—for how well he understands us and knows what is best for us at all times."~~Ephesians 1:8 TLB~~ n
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