Everyone is in a hurry these days, and our town is suffering because of it. Our main bridge has been under construction for over two years. To say the locals are tired of the slow progress is an understatement. We want the bridge done, and we want it done eighteen months ago.
It doesn’t seem to matter which side of the bridge you live on, if you work, your job is on the other side of the river. At shift changes, everyone wants to get somewhere – anywhere – everywhere quick, and nerves are frazzled.
Of course, we don’t have to hurry. Slowing down helps calm our nerves and indigestion. But, in today’s society, we just aren’t wired that way. Hurry rules.
There are urgent needs.
There are times when people really do need to get across the bridge quickly. A daycare that is getting ready to close causes a parent to hurry. Late fees for picking up the young ones after hours can be steep. A 911 call causes emergency vehicles to hurry. Ambulances and police vehicles don’t need to be blocked while lives are in peril.
Wisdom teaches us urgency.
Take a lesson in wisdom from our bridge. Time is short. Lives are in peril. Not everyone that crosses our path has experienced God’s mercy. Multitudes are trapped in a hopeless, chaotic state. Frustrated, depressed, and deceived people desperately need to know that God has provided a way to peace for them.
“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” Psalm 90: 12.
Our responsibility is to show them hope through Jesus. We don’t know the number of days we have left on earth nor do we know theirs. Now is the time to take care of Kingdom business.
Be urgent. The harvest is great.
“He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Matthew 9: 37-38