Jehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake: Jehovah was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice. (1Kings 19:11-12)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Do it Again! But Go Slow

Writing with others, on Friday, with Lisa-Jo and others at Five Minute Friday.
Five Minute Friday The rules for Five Minute Friday are:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

And the post for Five Minute Friday prompt for this week is : Again

"Do it again, but this time go slowly!

Don't rush it. You are going way too fast.

Until you have mastered the song and you are not making anymore mistakes you need to go slow!

If you can't do it this slowly, you don't really know it."

It is the last piano lesson before the Friday night piano recital and my daughter is playing The Wild Horseman.

I am on the other side of the hanging curtain and I can hear the notes being played and to me they sound pretty good.

But, the teacher says we need to pull the reins on the Wild Horseman and play it a whole lot slower . . . And she says . . . Do it again . . . and again, but do it much slower!

And sometimes life looks like it is playing beautiful music, but really there is a lot of stumbling over clumsy fingers that don't really know how to play the music of life without taking it slowly.

We can race through life and no one may ever know.

But, I go back to the verse that I read early on morning this week. Because I need to practice the rhythms of life, I have had a friend accountability partner this week to get up {and to make sure we are heading to bed in good time to make our earlier rise possible}.

In the early shadows, one morning I read how Jesus continually would withdraw to desolate places and pray. This was a continual practice. He did it again and again.

Unless I do this again and again, I may be making music, but the rhythm will take away from the beauty of the melody. It will sound more like clanging and banging. I can't play this music of life fast. I haven't mastered it. I don't really know it well enough.

To make music that will bring honour and glory to God and to continue in all that God has called me to, I need to slow down, withdraw and continue to pray and do it again and again.



  1. Love this. I have a tendency to try to rush things because I want results. I need to learn to take life one day at a time and not worry so much about what may or may not happen. I don't want my haste to get me in trouble . . . again. :)

  2. Beautiful and full of so many good truths.

  3. I like the idea of slowing down, taking time to make beautiful music out of life. Great post! (visiting from FMF!)

  4. I linked up after you--sorry for chiming in so late! I enjoyed your post, especially your thoughts at the end. I, too, need to slow down, withdraw and pray, again and again.


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