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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