Rhythm of Rest

Red Sun over Lake Mindemoya

One of the first things I do when I get to the cottage is remove my watch. The minute I walk through the door, time becomes unimportant. We eat when we’re hungry, read till we fall asleep. We sit on the deck and listen to the birds with an early (or not so early) morning coffee.

The orderliness of time is imbedded in creation. Seven days of 24 hours make a week, four weeks form a 28-day cycle of the moon circling the earth. Hearts beat, harvests ripen, babies are birthed in harmony with God’s rhythm.

Work is necessary. It pays the mortgage, clothes the kids and puts food on the table. It also tends to dominate life. Even the volunteer work we do in church and community can control our lives to the point that we miss God’s rhythm of rest.

The cadence of our lives must include pauses. The soul craves time to think, relax, explore, to stare at the sky and get lost in its beauty, to listen to the earth’s sounds and consider how many generations have listened to those same sounds.

One word appears many times in the Psalms – Selah. It means to “pause and calmly ponder these things.” The psalmist David uses it at the end of profound statements. For example, Psalm 24:10 (NKJV) reads: “Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah.” This word tells the reader to stop and think, and take in the rich meaning of the statement.

This holy intermission, Selah, allows the truth of God’s Word to sink deep into our souls.

Is your life lacking Selah? Ask God to show you how to include pause in your everyday activities. Enter into His rhythm of rest and see what a difference it makes in your level of joy.

A Prayer of Response: Father, I long to thoughtfully consider Your Word, Your gift of salvation, Your creation. Help me to pause and calmly think of You.

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About Rose McCormick Brandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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8 Responses to Rhythm of Rest

  1. So here we see the rhythm of the Christian life, it’s like the natural life. You cannot work well unless you have rested well. Equally, you cannot rest well unless you have worked well. The Christian rhythm is a continuous going into the presence of God, and moving from the presence of God into the presence of men, and then coming from the presence of those men into the presence of God again. If you have a compassionate heart, one thing is sure, you’ll never have an idle hand, for you’ll see the need. Whilst you can’t meet every need, you will do your best to make a difference. How important it is that we get this rhythm of rest, that we strike the balance!

  2. Melody says:

    A great reminder to us all! I would definitely say my life lacks “Selah”….lol. Your words are inspiring and my next few weeks will definitely include much more time to pause and reflect. Love you, Mom!

  3. Joan says:

    Thanks, Rose. I didn’t actually realize this was what “selah” meant. How wonderful. 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea to remove your watch. I’m not at the cottage but I’ll do that today. I’m already relaxed by just reading your post.
    Thanks –

  5. Margaret says:

    Beautiful, Rose – thank you for this reminder at the start of a new week….Selah.
    Have a wonderful summer!

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