I thought about my past two posts. I’ve talked about urgency. And I realized that we often confuse urgent with frantic activity. We confuse urgent with serious faces. We confuse urgent with loud voices and high blood pressure.
I realized that can’t always be true. The urgency of becoming like Christ, of following Jesus isn’t marked by frantic serious loudness. It is marked with presence. A Christ follower wants to be with Christ.
But that still sounds pretty serious.
The urgent desire of a Nancy Swanson follower is to be with Nancy. At least this Nancy follower. And I don’t want to be with her to be frantic and serious and loud. I want to be with her to hear her laugh. I want to be with her to know what makes her smile and to do that and to smile too. I want to be with her to talk about what matters to us both.
That’s what I want when I think about following Christ, too.
I don’t want to spend all my time being paranoid about what He will think. I don’t want to spend my energy being frantic to keep Him happy the way some secretaries are about their bosses. I don’t want to spend every waking moment wondering whether I will be good enough or perfect enough or happy enough. I don’t want to waste the rest of my life measuring up to other disciples.
And I think that the Person who said,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”