When overwhelmed by anxiety, fear, insecurity, doubt at crossroads of life ,and emergencies we often plunge headlong into action, without sufficient thought , in our effort to resolve the impasse or issue as soon as possible, for we are not comfortable with uncertainty
We think that when we pause — whether for a brief break or a week-long retreat — we are losing time that could be used productively. We think we’re making progress when we’re in motion — moving forward, as it were, on our way to our goal. In reality, it’s often when we pause that the most progress is made.
Many of us know that discoveries are made and insights come when we stop working on something and let it go. Inspiration and insight spring from deep within and for the Christian, when we hear from the Holy Spirit with quietness and confidence in the Lord. Resolutions often can’t be reached through mental focus, thinking and logic but trust in God.
There was a time when as a young accountant I was challenged by many issues at my workplace. Resolution did not come when I was on the job while fully perplexed and anxious and confronted with people and process challenges. My answers came while I was at home and quietly relaxed , in the bath or while sleeping after committing the issues to the Lord in prayer . They are accessed when the mind is relaxed and creativity can flow.
Pauses refresh and renew. They actually contribute to our productivity. Even more important, they bring balance and an enjoyable rhythm to life. We can’t live at all without the long pause of sleep or even the tiny pause between our breaths. Pauses give life.
We should honor and allow ourselves to relax into them completely. Today, instead of lamenting the fact that we need to take some time off, or that we do not have time, we can relish the hours ahead when we have had enough rest and relaxation and then plunge back into work.
In music, it’s the pauses that make the rhythms. It’s in the pauses that the notes settle in and have time to reverberate in our hearts. It’s in life’s pauses that we find the silent background of our being. Today let us learn to delight in pauses!
“It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.” Psalm 127:2
“You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.” Job 11:18.
“Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be.” Psalm 39:6
“All their days they eat in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger. Ecclesiastes” 5:17
What has been your experience?
Invite the Lord into every predicament before you rush from the frying pan into the fire. Claim the restful sleep He promises when you commit everything to the Lord in prayer. He will hear when we call. He will help us find resolution when we seek them in Him and His will He gives his beloved sleep; that is, the Lord: to such who are partakers of His grace, that fear and love Him; to them, thus diligent and industrious, He gives not only bread to eat, but sleep, which to a labouring man is sweet; and having food and raiment, He gives them contentment, quietness, and satisfaction of mind, which is the greatest blessing of all.
Pause! in the Lord.