Day 299 – The Race is Not to the Swift

I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift… ( Ecclesiastes 9:11a). Do you remember the familiar Aesop’s Fable titled “The tortoise and the hare”? It is the ultimate story of the overconfident hot dog versus the underestimated underdog. It is the age-old conflict between pride and humility. The hare was so confident of his skills that he was convinced that no one could stand up to him in any race. It is true that he was a force to be reckoned with: sleek and streamlined with powerful hind legs that could leap a full yard in a single bound. He was a superstar whose self-promoting ways went to his head.

He had forgotten that his abilities were a gift he had never earned, and he become self-reliant and over-confident. The tortoise was another story. He must have put the “s-l-l-l” in slow. He never left his house to run in a race, but took it with him…nature’s living illustration of the Psalmist’s words, “But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head” (Psalm 3:3). The tortoise took his time, racing in consistent methodical fashion, taking one s-l-o-w step at a time. Meanwhile, the brash hare exploded off of the starting line looking back only to brag, “rag,” compare, ridicule, and laugh. In the end, he misread the signs and lost the race to one of the slowest creatures ever crafted by the Creator! As you negotiate life’s changes and walk out the new mindset God gives you along your journey, think things through and pace your race in methodical, consistent fashion. The haughty hare laid down on the job. He got lazy (“a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands…”) Don’t lose the race through haste. Remember the wisdom of the ages: The race doesn’t go to the swift. No, slow and steady really does win the race.

Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr. (2009-01-09). Journal Your Journey “This, too, shall pass!” (Kindle Locations 6482-6497). iUniverse. Kindle Edition.