Hurry up!” “You’re too slow!” “We’re late!” How often do impatient words like these crop up in our speech, revealing our fast pace of life? If we’re not careful, we become people living in the fast lane, demanding quick arrivals and instant results. Stress experts call this problem “hurry sickness.”
In Philippians 3, the apostle Paul’s testimony of lifelong growth reminds us that Christian maturity can be encouraged but not hurried. In his book Overcomers Through The Cross, Paul Billheimer says that just as God takes time to make an oak tree, He takes time to make a saint. Christian growth is a process.
Billheimer writes, “An unripe apple is not fit to eat, but we should not therefore condemn it. It is not yet ready for eating because God is not done making it. It is a phase of its career and good in its place.”
Are you feeling impatient over your spiritual growth? Remember, God is not finished with you—nor does He expect to be until He calls you home. Only make sure that your goal is to know Christ and to become more like Him. Then slowly but surely, under blue skies and stormy, He will bring you to maturity. It’s His sure cure for “hurry sickness.”
O God, make me one of those rarest souls
Who willingly wait for Thy time;
My impatient will must be lost in Thine own,
And Thy will forever be mine. —Bowser
There are no shortcuts to spiritual maturity.