Monday, July 11, 2011


It's fun watching the culture of my children develop.

One particularly interesting culture is that surrounding meal times. It goes like this...

When Isaac, our 2 year old, realizes that food is starting to be put on the table, he runs to his seat and begins grabbing as much of it as his two little hands can handle and stuffing it into his mouth.

Invariably, one of my oldest two realize it and start yelling, "Mom! Dad! Isaac's eating all the food!"

The immediate response is usually for Hannah, our third oldest at 5, to sneak over, grab one of the food items in each hand and stuff one in her mouth and hand the other to Isaac in as fast a succession as she can muster.

This usually leads to my oldest two trying to grab the remaining uneaten food from the dish and Hannah & Isaac's hands.

Which, of course, leads to screaming, kicking, and slobbering.

Ok. Maybe I'm exaggerating...a little. But our kids definitely have developed the skill of eating in haste.

That was why I was so intrigued by my recent reading of Exodus 12. This is the chapter where God prescribes to Moses the details for the first Passover and the final plague in Egypt. And so it tells how to pick and prepare the sacrificial lamb and then it gets to verse 11:

"In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover." (ESV)

My kids would have no problem obeying that Bible verse.

But it set me to thinking, we are so often "in haste" about many things. Getting loaded in the car. Getting the bills paid. Making sure the lawn is mowed. Getting to that fun thing we are doing today. Making sure I get my share. But how often are we "in haste" for God to work in our life.

Oh, maybe when things aren't going our way. When we are at the end of our rope. But this posture of being ready for God to work at any time is the position He over and over tries to teach the Israelites in the Scriptures.

So how about you? What are you "in haste" over this week?

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