An old saying is “Haste makes waste,” meaning that when we act too quickly we are more likely to make mistakes and end up with poor results and this morning was another example of just that, want to hear my story?
Before I tell you what happened this morning I have to bring up something I already told you but in light of what I am about to relate to you it just bears repeating!
Both things are pretty funny if it isn’t you. 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 to tell someone that I was going to be late 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, he changed lanes back and forth several times and he finally got far enough ahead that I couldn’t see him. As my line moved along I saw the sight of the night (barring the wreck I was about to see that was causing the delay), the driver of that little BMW had decided to make a U-turn across the median to go back in the opposite direction, the concrete median was higher than he had estimated and when he had gotten up there he was stuck with all four wheels 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!” My line moved along past the wreck and I got to my destination and he was still stuck on the median! I’m wondering if it was the same young man that passed me this morning weaving in and out of the morning traffic trying to get ahead and then cut in front of me to make a left turn! As it turned out we were both going to Chick Fil A and he was ahead of me, no problem. We both pulled around to the double drive thru and a morning miracle there were no cars in line! We could both pull in at the same time! Problem was he was trying to get in front of me again and ran head-on into the big yellow concrete pole that separates the two lanes and hit it so hard that his bumper was smashed into his tire and the car was completely disabled! Again, this young man’s haste made him late to the Post Office (yes he was wearing a postal uniform!)
When we make a hasty decision we can 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 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. But I digress. Proverbs 14:29 Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding; a quick-tempered (hasty) person stockpiles stupidity. I 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.
Remember this prayer when things start getting on your nerves and you want to be hasty, “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!