How to Let God Set the Pace of Your Life

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One thing that I can say about myself with absolute certainty is this: I am terrible at running. I have the worst stamina in the world. After a few minutes, I begin huffing and puffing and feel like I might cough up a lung. It has always been this way. Even when I swam as a kid, the same thing would happen: my chest would close up, my breathing would become labored, and I would have to (embarrassingly) take a rest. But lately, despite this fact about myself, I have been trying to run again. 

Well, as you can imagine, the first day was an absolute disaster. My lungs felt like they were on fire and my feet wanted to just give out. Yet, I pushed on and tried to figure out why I couldn’t go more than a few minutes without just wanting to collapse. Then, I realized something: I was going way too fast. I was trying to run at speeds that I would have to train months for in order to sustain. My weak, sadly out-of-shape body just couldn’t handle that. So, I slowed down. I began to set a pace for myself. When I did that, I began to breathe again and, dare I say it, enjoy the run. 

What if we did that in every aspect of our lives? What if instead of running as fast as we could towards something we just slowed down, set a pace, and enjoyed ourselves? Pacing ourselves in life is important. What’s even more important is to let God set the pace. 

Isaiah 40:28-31 tells us, “The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted. But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Okay, read that back a couple of times. Did you catch that? He gives us power. He is a God that does not grow faint. He does not grow weary.

That’s insane that we are loved so much by the Everlasting God and Creator of the ends of the earth. So often, we become exhausted because we are running headlong in a direction that we decided was right, not God. Where have you been running? Is it towards that career you’ve planned to have your whole life, or maybe that relationship that you’ve been wanting for so long?

Our desire to make things happen before the time has come is eventually what leads us to grow exhausted.

Racing after a goal or a desire that is not a part of God’s timing is going to be grueling. So, slow down. But how do we do that? In a world where everything moves so fast, how do we make ourselves slow down? 

  1. QUIET YOUR HEART -  Take a few minutes every day and just stop what you are doing. Just stop the scrolling, stop the studying, stop everything for just a few minutes. Close your eyes and breathe. As you take time to slow down, try to quiet the noise in your head and heart. Make room for Him. Listen for His voice and what He is calling you to do.

  2. SEEK HUMBLY AND INTIMATELY - By slowing down and quieting your heart, you are giving the LORD space to work in your life. Talk to Him. Pray real things. Write them, speak them, sing them--just spend time with Him. Come to Him with triumphs and sorrows. Come to Him with prayer requests and prayers of thanks. Come to Him with an open heart and mind that is willing to follow the pace that He is setting in your life. 

The LORD speaks to all of us, it’s just a matter of whether or not you choose to listen.

So, tune your ears to the heavens and wait Him.  “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD” (Psalm 27:14). He has promised that those who wait for Him will be given strength and that they shall not be weary.  He will set the right pace for your life. 

Aren’t you tired of being weary? I know I am. So, let Him set the pace for your life. Stop running towards things that satisfy your desires for your life, rather than the LORD’s desires. He will give us the strength we need to finish the run. So, wait for Him, let Him set the pace, and enjoy the journey. 

Sarah // @itssarahcullen