Selah – Pause and Reflect

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This Tuesday, I have a fairly major surgery scheduled. I am actually looking forward to it because the recovery will force me to sit still for a couple of weeks! How bad is that? I’m retired, for Pete’s sake! There is something seriously wrong with this picture…just ask my husband who daily asks me for my schedule, then shaking his head asks, “Will you be home for dinner?”

How does this happen? Why do we cram just one more thing into already crazy schedules? Where does our relationship with God fit into all of this?  Yesterday, as I finally acknowledged that trying to make a 7:30 am breakfast meeting was not going to be best for me, I texted my friend who graciously let me off my self-imposed hook. I thought to myself, it’s such a relief to finally say, “I can’t!” At that moment, when we finally decide to pause,  God meets us where we sit! He waits for us, wanting our full attention! He says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10).

This is the point of our new series, “Pause.” God invites us to pause, and remember who he is. In his infinite wisdom, he created time, and then Jesus stepped into it showing us how to live. Jesus was never in a hurry. He got up early to spend time with his Father. He rested when he was tired, ate when he was hungry, wept when he was sad. I know he was never married or had kids to run here and there, but he did have a bunch of somewhat clueless guys who followed him around and multitudes of people who made demands on his time and resources. Yet he paused when, in a crowd of people, a woman touched him for healing. He stopped what he was doing and spoke to her. He paused to talk to a man up in a tree who was ostracized and isolated, and he spent time with him. He paused – suspended an action. He paused – took a hiatus in activity for a calculated purpose or temporary respite. It seems to me that in all his interactions and activities, he remembered that God was with him. He remembered why he had come, what his purpose was, and he did not let the tyranny of the urgent distract him.

What does that mean for us? Can we purposely pause and remember that God is also with us? There is a beautiful transitional word sometimes used in the psalms. It doesn’t have an exact translation, but it is believed to mean “pause and reflect”. The word is selah. As you read the psalms, so often the writers invite reflection on the events of their lives and their noticing the work of God within. This week, we encourage you to use selah in your lives to help you notice the work and invitations God has for you. Take time to pause, remember, refocus, and maybe re-engage with the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. His gift is peace, a peace that is not of this world, a peace of mind and heart.

What do you do with the interruptions in your life? Are they a bother, a distraction, or an opportunity?

How does God’s promise of peace make you feel? Anxious? Excited? Frustrated? Defeated? Why?

Next Step:
Evaluate your to-do list this week and see where you could create space to pause and reflect, to selah, opening your heart to the movement of the Holy Spirit. Meditate on his promise of peace.

My Jesus, lover of my soul, I open my heart to your Holy Spirit, whom you sent to advocate, lead and encourage us. Show me where I can be more available to hearing and knowing you by being still!! Help me to love you through my obedience to your word. Give me the wisdom and courage to say “no” to the good, so I can say “yes” to your best. Amen.

This post was written by Lauri White. Lauri is one of the 25 people who God used to start CedarCreek 21 years ago, and was on staff until 2013. She and her husband Mike love to travel the country in their motor home with their kitties Jane & Mary. Lauri is passionate about prayer, and about helping women discover who they are in Christ. She doesn’t tweet but you can follow her and Mike’s adventures on Facebook.

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  1. Nancy Ellinger
    Nancy Ellinger says:

    I find the current series “pause” so appropriate since I have been “laid aside” with a broken foot. My schedule had always been so full and now I am forced to “be still and know that He is God”. Laurie your thought really “hit home” this morning. It is really no easy task to be “out of commission “. Thank you for your words.

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