Recently I’ve been Netflix bing-watching a superhero show called The Flash. It’s based on the old comic book series about a man who acquires incredible speed. He decides to use that speed to capture villains the police cannot catch. He also goes back in time to undo the horrors of his past. We may think that having a super ability would fix everything. It turns out that even being the fastest man alive does not resolve all of his problems. In truth, his super speed creates quite a few new ones!
We live in a speed-hungry society. The faster the internet loads on our computer, the shorter the check out line is, or the less buttons we have to push on the ATM machine, the better we imagine we feel. It’s an illusion of convenience that in the end doesn’t dramatically improve the quality of our lives in the way it’s told to us that it will.
When we run non-stop Monday through Saturday, it’s easy to forget there is gospel, that is good news, in simply slowing down. The act of Sunday worship is quite contrarian to our world. It works against the rhythms of our culture. We find we must take intentional time to give praise to God.
Consider it this way: Only after running quickly up a flight of stairs do we realize the importance of breathing. Without that pause we would eventually die. It’s only by being in Sunday worship that we can understand it is a priority that has been missing. When it’s lost, we’re lost, though we may not even realize it until months or years later. When it ceases, we cease to live fully into the fruits of the Spirit. And we don’t have the ability of super flash speed to go back in time and change those moments lost.
We do have the ability to change the present though, and to set right the course for our future. To get to that finish line we must start with the gospel of slowing down. So whether it’s been one week or several, a month or longer, I hope to see you in worship this Sunday. Come, sit a spell. Cool your heels, give up your superpowers, and be in God’s presence.
Grace and peace,