Haste Makes Waste!

IMG_3375An old saying is “Haste makes waste,” meaning that when we act too quickly (“haste”) we are more likely to make mistakes and end up with poor results (“waste”). I saw something that was funny and at the same time, well no, it was just funny! I was on my way to a meeting and driving West on the EW Connector, after I got on and it was too late to turn around, I saw that the traffic was backed up for miles, there was nothing I could do I was stuck in traffic. I started making calls finding someone to open the doors as I saw I was going to be late and didn’t want people standing out in the rain when I noticed a little car next to me; it caught my attention because it was just like my son’s car, a silver BMW. My line of traffic moved a little then stopped, his line of traffic moved and he got far enough ahead that I wasn’t seeing it anymore. As my line moved along I saw the sight of the night (barring the wreck I was about to see that was causing al the delay), the driver of that little BMW had decided to cross the median to turn and go back in the opposite direction, the concrete median was too high and after he had gotten up there was stuck, all four wheels were off the ground like a floundering fish on a rock, no way to move! I laughed and in my head I heard my grandmother saying, “Haste makes waste!” She was really right this time for sure! My line moved along past the wreck and I got on to my destination, but he was still stuck on the median! A lot of times when we make a hasty decision we make a big mistake. The Shepherd King cried out in Psalm 31:22 In panic (haste) I cried out, “I am cut off from the LORD!” But you heard my cry for mercy and answered my call for help. Again in Psalm 116:9-11 I’m striding in the presence of GOD, alive in the land of the living! I stayed faithful, though bedeviled, and despite a ton of bad luck, despite giving up on the human race, saying, “They’re all liars and cheats.” At this point I will admit to you that I have said the exact same thing myself and it leads me to taking a little side trip here; People, stop, look, and listen to what all the politicians are saying and though it isn’t an election year look at their record, don’t let slick speech and a side step fool you. Our country is going to hell in a hand basket; we are becoming a poor third world country. We were promised change and we sure did get it, and it’s not the way those that voted for the change expected I fear. You can’t vote a party, or attend a church because of the label on the sign outside.  Tonight as the storm raged I walked out on the porch as I have seen my dad do so many times and prayed in the face of lightning and trees blowing almost horizontally calling on the name of Jesus and praying Psalm 91. I was very happy that the anger I had felt rise in my bosom a little earlier today had not bloomed into something ugly so I felt no guilt as I asked Jesus to calm the storm! Proverbs 14:29 Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding; a quick-tempered (hasty) person stockpiles stupidity. I, for one, am very glad that God isn’t always hasty in His decisions concerning me! Psalm 103:6-8 God makes everything come out right; he puts victims back on their feet …… God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love. He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever. He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs. Proverbs 16:32 Moderation is better than muscle, self-control better than political power. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” What have we learned? It’s better to be slow to judgments, slow to anger, and on deciding to cross the median instead of waiting it out! Whatever decision you are in the midst of making, whether it is personal, political, or choosing church leadership remember that haste makes waste! Peace!

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