My late friend David Lewis once told a story of a wealthy American entrepreneur who went on a hunting safari in Africa. He chose a seasoned guide and hired local natives to carry the necessary gear. Aggressive and driven, the business mogul wanted to go much faster than his guide from the very first day.
Every day he pushed and drove his bewildered safari team from morning to night, until they could hardly stand. Finally the burden bearers stopped and would go no farther; they would not stir from where they sullenly reclined in the shade.
The American tycoon, used to instant obedience, was furious. “Get up, Get up!” he yelled. “Push on!” But they all just sat there not even meeting his eyes. The impatient man stormed at his guide, “What’s happening here? Why won’t they go on?”
The guide replied, “They must stay here all day. They won’t move no matter how much you shout and bully. We have been going too hard and fast and now we must let our souls catch up with our bodies.”
“So often we are like that tycoon,” writes Lewis, “We rush through life until crisis comes and then we learn the hard way that we are designed to stop regularly and worship God. Has the time come for you to let your soul catch up? ”
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.” (PS 62:1)
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman