Have you ever walked on a treadmill when it was moving too fast? I’ve seen some pretty funny commercials where someone got thrown off of one, but I’ve also been on one that was going too fast and had to jump off to keep from becoming the next commercial. It can definitely happen on a new machine, one we don’t know well. So when the machine goes too fast, we forget where the slow down button is. Part of life seems to be knowing where to go to find what we need.
Sometimes life starts going too fast, and we wish we could find the slow down button or even stop the machine for a while. But life does not usually offer a slow down button when we need it most.
Jesus gave us answers for when we feel like life’s treadmill is going faster than we can keep up with. He said, “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest.” (Matt. 11) The most powerful One in the universe is also our Source of peace and rest. These are “Encounters with Hope.”