The Japanese theologian Kazuki Koyama provocatively called 3 miles per hour “the speed of God”, since it was the speed at which Jesus of Nazareth move for almost his entire life. There is much wisdom in these words given how little of our world now travels at 3 miles per hour.
Our world travels fast, far more than 3 mph. Our souls travel slow. As one friend noted, there are seasons of the soul when to be still demands a measurably higher strength than to act. Why is that true? Why the need for stillness in our worlds that clamor for activity?
I imagine part of the answer goes to the restful core of peace, the peace of the soul, a peace that as Jesus noted, “passes all understanding”. “Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 12:27). It is a peace beautifully discovered in interior stillness, not in the agitations of our external lives.
So maybe this is a thought for the week… figure out a way to move with stillness, all at 3 miles per hour my friends.