“Now, in the morning, having risen a long time before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place, and there He prayed. And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. When they found Him, they said to Him, ‘Everyone is looking for you.’ But He said to them, ‘Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth'” (Mark 1:35-38).
“I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye! I’m late! I’m late!” So said the white rabbit as he plunged into the hole.– From the Walt Disney movie “Alice in Wonderland.”
I have a hard time turning off my inner engine.
A typical situation looks like this: I’m packing the car in order to leave as soon as possible for a long drive to a preaching assignment. Do I have everything? Have I canceled the newspaper for the days I’ll be gone? Do my children know where I’ll be? Am I taking my laptop? Do I have the phone charger? My extra dress shoes? Enough shirts?
All the while, I’m keeping an eye on the clock. I know how long the drive will take and when I’m expected. The first meeting is tonight. I’d sure like to get there in time to check into the hotel and rest for an hour.
Hurry. Hurry, and hurry some more.
In the car finally and heading out of town, my inner engine is still at warp speed.