An Ironic Twist To Rushing And Trusting

Paula Hendricks 11/08/12 | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Category: Myself ; 22 comments

rushing crowdI so enjoyed reading your comments in response to my question yesterday, "Is it possible to rush AND trust at the same time?"

In an ironic twist, I find I only have about forty-five minutes to research and write this. I'd hoped for a whole lot more. So as it turns out, I'm rushing—and very much trusting—that God will use this haphazard post in spite of my time crunch.

Thankfully, I had lunch with seven great guys today (don't go crazy on me—they're all married). We ate Pizza Hut pizza (they turned down my healthy carrots and stuck to their breadsticks), and we talked marketing. But before we got started with business, I asked them their thoughts about this question. And boy, were they helpful. One of them reminded me that in Genesis 19:15 two angels urged Lot,

"Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished."

Another guy reminded me that there are certain times we're commanded to be quick, like in James 1:19–20:

Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Another guy admitted that every morning he has to ask the Lord to help him get things done. His natural bent is to move too slowly, like Gideon.

I'm just the opposite. I have yet to crack the code on hurrying without worrying. And, of course, we know it's not possible to worry AND trust God at the same time.

Truth is, I tend to hurry because I'm trying to control things. Because I want to be somebody. During these times, I'm not believing that God's acceptance of me through Jesus is enough—I want approval from people, too.

How about you? Is your natural tendency to move too fast or too slow? Is there something God's telling you to do that you've been putting off? If so, by all means, hurry and do it. Or do you need to slow down? Has your hurry just been the symptom of a worry-filled heart that's trying to control things?

Let me leave you with one more cool "twist" before I dash off to the store for food for tonight's small group.

Often—like in Psalm 71:12—David cries,

O God, be not far from me; O my God, make haste to help me!

The next time you and I find ourselves in a hurry, we can follow David's example and ask God to hurry to our help. How cool is that?!

Oh, and please don't be satisfied with my hasty attempt at answering such a big question. Here's what the Bible has to say about hurry and haste. Do some study of your own, and let me know what you find!


HEY, GIRLS! We love hearing from you, but feel limited in the ways we can help. For one thing, we’re not trained counselors. If you’re seeking counsel, we encourage you to talk to your pastor or a godly woman in your life as they’ll know more details and can provide you with ongoing accountability and help. Also, the following comments do not necessarily reflect the views of Revive Our Hearts. We reserve the right to remove comments which might be unhelpful, unsuitable, or inappropriate.

    Wow Thanks for this Great Post!
    on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 7:01 am
    I tend to move very fast. I feel like my life is a moving train. yet some moments I need to slow down. And get out of my busy life and go to God. I dont even know what i am gonna do with my life. I just keep thinking about the next day and the next.. I am struggling in school, and so one of the things i need to remember is to slow down and go to God with my concerns and prayers.(I like that "quote" - Ask God to hurry to our help.)
    God Bless!
    on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 8:05 am
    I am the definition of hurry because I'm worried. I don't like that I am, but I'm exactly like you, Erin, in this way.
    on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 8:33 am
    I can sometimes be in a hurry, but then also sometimes i'm not in a hurry. Confusing? I would say that with being hurried or mellowed out, i'm kinda balanced. Maybe not always, sometimes i can be more of the hurry side, but i am also mellow a lot. So i would say for me, i'm mellow. I believe that we should be patient, and yes there are things that we should be worried about, but we must always be patient in wait on God. So i guess it does depend on what you are hurrying on, or what you are waiting on.
    on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm
    Totally what I meant yesterday but couldn't get into writing. Thanks for putting words to my thoughts! The big deal with rushing is when we do rush, we tend to think more of the things of this Earth than the lasting things of heaven. No matter our schedule we need to remember who really is in control and who will help us in our time of need...
    on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm
    S.O.S Please LYWB team...i need help with masturbation...:/I try more and more buy I can´t get out of that lake...i know im sinning and the worst is that like me make this, my body enjoy :s...God help me and forgive me!!!!!!!!!!! I want to be a PURE GIRL...But i think that not is possible, not after struggling to forsake sin and fall ...PLEASE GIRL PRAY FOR ME....
    on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm
    Thanks for revealing such twist. Now I have to set this in my mind. It's okay to hurry as long as it is asking God to hurry to our help. ;)
    Re: Esther
    on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm
    I am sorry to say that I can not help you with your masturbation problem but, if you need help go to your parents,your pastor or a godly woman in your life or your youth leader. I am positive that God understands and I hope and pray that you will put your trust on God. Keep on Praying!!!
    on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm
    Great post, Paula! Hurrying is my natural inclination, and I have to make myself slow down and do things properly.

    @Esther- Praying for you!
    so true
    Hey ESTHER
    on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 3:57 am
    Hey Esther, I can't relate directly with your mentioned problem but I can relate with very close and similar problems. The first thing you need to do is pray. Pray hard and always pray. Infact, every second that you can think of it, pray. It may get exhausting at times but you need to keep at it. Also, watch thie things that feed your mind. So like books, programs/movies, songs, magazines and even the people you hang out with - conversations can stir up some crazy feelings and even if you don't act on them at that moment, the memories may come back to you when you're alone ... then the temptatin gets bigger...
    instead, replace those times with praying and reading God's Word and talking to those who you know are wiser and strong in the Faith. If you know that you can REALLY trust them (say like a trusted, wise youth leader, etc) then you can tell them your problem in detail if you like. Masturbation is not uncommon among anyone and it's so muych harder when the world throws sexually impure stuff in our faces. But we are the Children of God and we can overcome. And we will overcome because Christ has overcome. And if Christ/God is for us then who can be against us?
    You need to:
    -Remember that Christ is with you and is urging you and helping you to break the stronghold of sin.
    -Make up your mind that this has, can and will be overcome.
    -Make a daily steady effort to stop and rejoice whenever you are tempted to do it but resist so.
    -Pray again.
    -Occupy your time with Godly things because most people find it easier to sin when they are bored...

    I know how hard it is but believe me I will keep praying for you.

    Stay strong, believing that by Faith, the battle has been won!
    on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 6:57 am
    I agree with everything "so true" said. I really want to encourage you to talk to someone like a woman youth leader. Trust me. Talking to someone like that about it will give you accountability. I struggled with stuff I read and looked at on the Internet. I was so frustrated that I couldn't get out of it. I prayed lots, and I finally swallowed my pride and went to my youth pastor's wife. With God and her, I was able to get out of my sin. Knowing someone can ask how you are doing anytime with help keep you from sinning. My youth pastor's wife would just send me a text asking how I was doing and then I had to tell her honestly how I was doing with the battle. Praying for you!
    on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7:25 am
    I can truly relate to you. I am not completely free of that sin myself. The one thing I can tell you is NEVER to think that you can't overcome it. That is precisely the state of mind that the Enemy wants you to be in. Satan wants you to be depressed and hopeless. (As a side note, depression is the perfect breeding ground for this sin, at least in my experience). So, pray without ceasing. Beg God to give you grace, mercy and strength. The battle is very difficult, but it truly is the only way. And do NOT become discouraged if you falter. The Lord is your strength. These two verses have helped me greatly: Phillipians 4:13, and 1 Corinthians 10:13. God be with you, as always.

    P.S. I highly recommend you read C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. That man had such powerful insight!
    on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm
    Are there any posts on here about people pleasing? It has just been a big area of struggle right now. My mom thinks that I am fearing people too much and I agree with her. I get nervous if I go anywhere with people that I will get sick, and I end up feeling nauseous when I'm with people sometimes. I'm memorizing Scripture about fear and fearing people and also reading a book about it. I just want to tear this idol down. Also, are ther any of those radio broadcasts that I could listen to abou tit?
    Re: + Esther
    on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm
    Great post. And Esther, I still have the same problem as well,. I'm having a hard time with it and understanding why it's so sinful. So hopefully both us will get an answer and be able to move on.
    a person
    on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 1:05 am
    I need God's help in something.

    I can't stop thinking about a guy.

    I know you've heard these stories a thousand times. But this is something I need to change!

    It's been like a year. I'll prob never see him again. Part of me doesn't want to...then maybe I can forget about him. But another part is dieing inside to just see him and see how he's doing and if he might like me.

    I know it's dumb. But he just seemed nice, and he is a Christian. But I think he's seeing someone.

    I'll go awhile not thinking about him and doing fine. But then I remember. Right now I'm mad because I was doing really well at forgetting about him, until I had a dream with him in it last night [I dreamed he liked my sister and she didn't like him. I was mad cause he didn't like me, and my sister didn't know I liked him]. It was only a small part of the dream, and I don't think it means anything. Prob just some anger I've had in my head for awhile [my sister said he liked her. This hurt me, but I never told her I liked him. Why bother? He doesn't like me. If he did, he'd come find me, right? Or ask what happend to me?] Anyway. The point.

    My mind likes to think up ways to try and run into him somehow. But my concence [sp?] says to forget about him and that thinking about him isn't good for me. I know that's prob true...but ohhh the butterflies in me that go off when I think about him. It's sad to just let it go, because I might feel those when I'm around guys every now and then...but none with the right qualifications. It's easy to say no to someone who's not Christian or isn't responsible or nice. But it's hard when the guy is actually kind.

    I want to forget. I don't want to see him agian, because I highly doubt I'd end up marrying him anyway. I'd just bring me more pain... So please pray that I'll stop thinking about him! And that the butterflies will go away. For good.

    I don't want to think about him anymore. I just want to be free from this. How can a guy who has no idea about all he's doing to me, without even seeing him in a year, have all this control over me?

    Why does this happen? I'm sure other girls have these types of probs too. Why? Is it a sin? Should we just forget about the guy? I have promised myself so many times I'd just let God lead my future husband to me. I want to live that out. I don't want to 'make things happen' on my own accord. Where's the excitment in that?

    What I need is to just drop this guy from my mind. I'm sure some other lucky girl will marry him and she'll take care of him and there's no need for me to worry about him anymore.

    Please pray I'll forget about him and trust God to bring my future husband to me someday in His timing! And that I won't start plotting out ways to make things happen faster, and just TRUST Him with my love life!

    I want to be freed from this. Any advice or prayers would help! Thanks for whoever read this and prayed!
    to A PERSON
    on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 5:09 am
    Hey I have (and probably am still) been through exactly the same thing. I hadn’t seen him in over a year but i still always thought of him and talked about him and stuff. And like it does to you, it seemed so silly to me. But i couldn’t do anything about it.
    I wouldn’t say thinking about this guy is a bad thing in itself. I mean, people like people at times.. and there’s nothing wrong with that. You just have to make sure the thoughts you think about him are pure... and that you aren’t spending too much time thinking about him that it’s affecting your present relationships with others and God.
    Hey, maybe thinking about him is a GOOD thing. Maybe the Lord wants you to pray for him. So everytime you think about him, pray for him. Obviously not selfish prayers like “dear God, please make him like me” but honest prayers that he will continue to follow Christ(if he’s already a Christian – i’m pretty sure you implied that he is) and stay strong in the Faith because obviously he’ll probably face temptations like we all do.
    But i do agree, it can get unhealthy sometimes when we get wrapped up in a guy (whether or not he even knows our name!) and can do nothing but think about him.
    So pray for him everytime he crosses your mind. As ask God to make/keep your thoughts pure and healthy and Godly.
    And I will be praying for you too.
    a person
    RE: anotherperson
    on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm
    Thank you for your advice and prayers!! It means a lot, and I will do what you said and pray for him when I think of him!

    You've helped a lot! Thank you!
    The prayer requests + not ever rushing...except
    on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:28 am
    I just wanted to let; Esther, A person, another person, Brittany and heartformissions know, that I've prayed for them.

    Hearts for missions, you may already be reading "When people are big and God is small." But may I also recommend 'The Fear Factor' by Wayne and Joshua Mack?

    (I included a link because it was harder to find than I thought.)

    It is thick with scripture and if you can find one friend (or even your mom) to do the study with you, I know you will build the courage-trust in God that you need. I know the price is steep, even I waited a year before I decided it was a must. I discovered I should have just purchased it, and saved myself the painful wait.;)

    As for programs that discuss fear of man, may I suggest you type in the search bar (on the web page, near the top, on the right hand side): fear of man and/or: fear of God? I found a couple of interesting links. One was from the 'seeking Him' series, that one might fit your needs.:)
    I am very slow, only because when I was young, the rushing and desire for much activity, brought me much trouble. Proving Ecclesiastes 4:6 very true for my life. That scripture helped so often as I shifted gears to slow down!

    That said, just this past week I know The Lord was telling me to be still. Now, since you just read what a slow poke I know am, you might wonder why I mention it. The ecception to my slow poke rule comes when I am afraid/terrified. Guh, my insides are then screaming 'Father, oh Abba Father, hear me, please send me relief from this deep fear, triple fast!!'...'and if not, Father, please hold me steady until you set the right time.'

    I'm still in the grips of a train wreck kind of fear, brought on because of a sin I committed VERY long ago.

    So, will someone please pray for me for a while?

    I wrote this morning because I was surprised to see so many off topic prayer requests and so encouraged (touched) at the heartfelt replies.

    Paula, our prayer time together in September still brings a smile, your heart is beautiful, filled with Him!

    Peace, love and blessings,


    PS Sorry for the long post.
    thanks jenny
    on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:06 am
    Thank you! I will check into those. My mom also recommended that book when people are big and God is small. Blessings on you today.
    Lorree, with the LYWB team
    @ Esther
    on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm
    I’m so proud of you, Esther, for confessing your struggle with masturbation. That is the first step to victory, my friend. Paula shared out of her personal struggle with this. You might be encouraged by listening to her blog: Another blog on this same topic is:

    It is totally possible to get out of your pit of sin and live pure from this day forward. I encourage you to identify which situations (books, music lyrics, movies or television programs with suggestive language or sex scenes, use of pornography, friends etc.), that trigger your desire to masturbate and make a commitment to avoid those situations. Throw them away and get rid of the temptations if at all possible. Are you looking at the internet and reading sensual things there? has a free online filter for your computer that allows for the accountability of another person. Or you can move your computer to an open area where you would be less likely to view these.

    Masturbation is rarely stopped by a determination to quit because this focuses attention on the issue—which can increase bondage to it. This focus of attention also tends to increase anxiety and produce heavier guilt in failure. Instead of focusing attention on what you shouldn’t be doing, I encourage you to focus on your personal walk with the Lord and your spiritual growth—which includes prayer, Bible reading and study, meditation and memorization of Scripture. You might start by memorizing Philippians 4:4-8 and Psalm 103. By committing these to memory, you can quote them to yourself whenever you are tempted.

    God promises that He will provide a way out of the temptations in our lives. We have to be willing to take His way out. I encourage you to confess your sin to someone who can pray for you, encourage you and hold you accountable by asking the hard questions about what you are viewing, what you are listening to and what you are dwelling on. There is power in the secrecy of sin. By sharing this with someone, the power sin holds over you is broken. Who can you talk to today?

    I have prayed for you today, Esther. I am so thankful that your courage. I trust the Lord will strengthen your resolve to honor Him in this area of your life as He helps you to break free from this sin.
    Lorree, with the LYWB team
    @ Brittany
    on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm
    God designed the marriage bed to be where we find the fulfillment of our sexual satisfaction (Heb. 13:4). Any other means of fulfilling sexual satisfaction falls into the realm of sin (1 Cor. 6:18-20; 7:2; 1 Thess. 4:3). Masturbation usually involves sensual thinking and impure thoughts. Jesus said that anyone who lusts after a woman (or man) has already committed adultery in their hearts (Matt. 5:27-30). I’ve prayed for you today, Brittany, and asked God to strengthen your resolve to agree with Him and to trust Him and to press on in the battle of overcoming in this area of your life.
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    on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:44 pm
    (Again, I know this is an old post, but I just recently read this one as well. I tend to move too slowly, especially when I should be working harder/faster/more efficiently. I really enjoyed this post and it caused a ‘mini-light bulb’ to go off in my head: “Truth is, I tend to hurry because I'm trying to control things…During these times, I'm not believing that God's acceptance of me through Jesus is enough…” This quote was AWESOME. It caused me to realize that when I am rushed or hurrying it is often (not always) b/c I have been too slow and now am IN MY OWN STRENGTH trying to catch up. Feeling overwhelmingly guilty that I ‘just can’t get this right/down!’ and feeling that I’m a failure and that God/my dad/boss (etc.) will be mad at me until I do.
    That’s not the point! While, no, God does not want me to continue to sin/mess up/stay ‘where I’m at’, HE LOVES ME WHERE I’M AT and IF I’d PRAY and ask Him to “HASTE TO HELP me” He could help me to MOVE FORWARD—at HIS pace, NOT MINE! Wow.
    Why didn’t I read this post sooner!?

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