When our kids were young and we needed to get their attention all at once, we’d say, “Pause!”

Meaning that they had to stop what they were doing and listen. Kind of like pausing a video or DVD, they all relate to that.

Funny part of it was our youngest wouldn’t get it quite right and when she wanted everyone to stop and pay attention she’d shout, “everybody POSE!”

And so we’d freeze in place no matter what we were doing. Which often looked really weird especially at the dinner table.

So, even now when I think of pausing, I think of stopping immediately what I’m doing and paying attention.

Not often I take a pause. Certainly not often enough.

Life is busy. (True, but an excuse)

Work is busy. (Also true, but an excuse still)

And it’s not just busy, it’s that there are so many more things I need to do. Goals I have to achieve. Things I could be doing if I could just make the time. If I worked harder or was more organized or was more focused on the tasks at hand.

Connecting with God calls for a pause.

So, why do we lack pause?

Maybe because we think we’re irreplaceable or just that we are too busy. Too busy for God? Okay, that’s not just silly but downright disrepectful. Putting our busyness over God. Oh, we wouldn’t say it that way. But it’s true much of the time.

Today I watched the sunset. I saw the beauty of it and I just stopped what I was doing to watch.

Took a few minutes and just watched as it slowly drifted down over the horizon. It looked like it sank into Lake Huron. As it went down I thought about God and His creativity, the symmetry and beauty of it all.

I just sat.

Paused. Posed, if you prefer.

It gave time to reflect. To pay attention and put things into perspective.

I thought of His provision of our daily bread and the other blessings in our life. I thought of how He walks with us through the hard times and how His grace is sufficient for us when we are not strong or are suffering.

I paused.

A pause is a good thing. It’s an opportunity to disengage from all the busyness and business and harried days. A pause doesn’t cost much but it’s value is amazing.

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