It is common to get a glimpse of what God wants of us and then take off running. Although hitting the ground running demonstrates zeal and enthusiasm for following God, unfortunately it lacks important essence of discipleship such as, prayer, proper preparation, and counting the cost. In our eagerness to serve God, our lives oft times lack essential Fruit of the Spirit, such as righteousness, peace, patience and self control.
Over time and through failure, God has a way of allowing us to see our weaknesses. Weaknesses which highlight our need for Him. As we experience failure, He draws us near and expresses grace towards us. These disappointments serve to increase our dependence on Him.
Ultimately we realize that God gives us glimpses of His will to point the way. His purpose is to enlighten us, never intending for us to rush ahead, but instead desiring us to follow Him. From this perspective it is easy to see that slowing down is not a bad thing, in fact, It is a necessary part of faithfully serving Him.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. – Matthew 16:24
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. – Ephesians 4:1-3