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When we zoom in on our devices, we get really really close to the part we want to see and the words are easier to read. The old fashioned way would be to get a magnifying glass and get it close to what you need to see. 

Psalms 70:4 reads, “Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; And let those who love your salvation say continually, ‘Let God be magnified!’”

Then David says, “Make haste to me, O God!” 

How many times do we try to speed up people … and it just doesn’t happen? I’d love to speed up God some times too. But I’ve learned, His timing is always exactly the best and perfect for everyone involved. (How is that even possible —  He’s God!)

There are times as parents and grandparents that we know what we have planned for the next 30 minutes or hour and we don’t want our family members to miss a drop of whatever that fun thing is. But in trying to keep a secret all we can do is say, “Hurry up! Good things are ahead.”

Can we speed up a slow natured person? Not really. We can give ourselves ulcers if we want to try. But slow is their nature. Just like a sloth.

I had never heard of that creature before the movie, “Zootopia” came out. There is a sloth at the desk of the Department of Motor Vehicles. It’s one of the funniest and most frustrating scenes — ever! Then I saw sloths in Costa Rica and they really do move that slow. That’s their nature.

The cheetah is one of the fastest creatures on earth and can run at 70 mph. The sloth sleeps upside down hanging on to a tree limb for 15-18 hours a day and can only move at a maximum 0.17 mph when threatened.

God had a sense of humor when he created animals and people so differently.

But King David is still trying to rush God. “Make haste to me, O God! You are my help and deliverer. O Lord do not delay.”

The Bible teacher I’m listening to says this is the 911 of the Bible. David is calling upon God for help. Just as we can do. 

One thing about “zooming in” or magnifying something … it distorts everything else around the important part you are trying to see.

So if we zoom in on God, we can let the problems of this world fade into the background and not be as earth shattering and as important. But we have to stay focused on God and His plan, or we can easily get distracted.

We can’t rush God one second. And honestly, I’m glad. He knows what’s ahead for each of us. He knows the heart ache around the corner and he knows the joyful celebrations to come. He also knows what I can handle today and the Bible says He won’t put more on us than we can handle with His help. 

Another fact I’ve learned, zooming in on the wrong thing isn’t productive. You’re probably unaware, but before we can have a picture look good on newsprint, it needs to be a high resolution jpg format. That means it comes in gigantic on my computer screen. I see details I know you hope no one ever sees in your picture. I quickly get it into the system and don’t dwell on the imperfections —  because we all have them. I don’t want you zooming in on my nose!

I’ve also learned that when you hold a magnifying glass up to your own eye in preparation for zooming in where you need it to be, our own eye looks kind of comical … Mr. McGoo type of person. Distorted and out of proportion. 

That’s probably what a believer looks like to an unbeliever. But I double dog dare you to start reading God’s Word and see for yourself if God is real. Read the Psalms, Proverbs or the Gospel of St. John. These are great places to start. 

God is at the other end of the 911 helpline waiting for you to call. “For whosoever shall call up one the name of the Lord shall be saved,” John 3:16. He’s waiting, and you’ll never get a busy signal. Plus He’s always right on time … never early, never late. Just waiting for us to zoom in and come to Him.

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