The way of the Christian is the way of the tortoise, not the hare. In a world that moves at the speed of thought, it is easy to get caught up in the rat race of ministry and the Christian life. However, speed is not the imperative in this way – direction is. And many people are rushing to nowhere.
I like what A.W. Tozer said:
Scriptures exhort the runner to patience and say nothing about speed. The LORD would seem to be more concerned with where we are going rather than how fast. A steady pace in the right direction will lead to the right goal at last, but if the life is aimed at the wrong goal, speed will only take us further astray in a shorter time.
You may have the fastest rocket, but if you are a few degrees off, you will miss the moon. This scenario played out in real life in 1979. A large plane carrying 257 people left New Zealand for a sightseeing tour of Antarctica. Unknown to the pilots, the coordinates were changed by a mere two degrees. This small error put the plane 28 miles from their original destination. As they approached Antarctica, the pilots lowered the altitude so the passengers could get a good look at the landscape. What they did not know was that the error had put them in the path of Mount Erebus. The plane crashed into the side of the volcano killing everyone on board.
We must constantly review our path to be sure that we are on course with our final destination. Tozer also said, “If we should seem at times to be a bit slow, let it be remembered that we do know the direction we are called to go.” Stay the course. Do not turn to the right or the left.
I would hate to rush forward only to find out in the end that I was the first one to nowhere.