The purpose to the pause

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There are countless instances in a single day when one pauses before moving forward. The instances aren’t always what would be considered significant. It can happen while walking into work, and pausing to remember if you locked the car. At a restaurant, and deciding which entree to have. Perhaps you’re engaged in a discussion that is about to get heated, and you slow down to consider what is the best way to respond. These are common activities that we stop and consider without being overly concerned about how much longer it may take to complete them.

I think the amount of time isn’t a worry because even though we may not want to stop, we’re in control of the pause and we understand the why of it. Ordering the right entree can be a critical decision if managing health issues that relate directly to your diet. Not bothering to consider the next words that will be coming from your mouth can lead to a host of unpleasant issues. More than likely an unlocked car in an unsecured parking lot will have one putting work aside for most of the day.

The struggle of trusting God when He seemingly puts my life on pause takes on a different light against that backdrop. When God with His infinite wisdom puts me in a holding pattern it might be worthwhile to consider why. For a long time I would ask, but it was never the right questions. I would ask in that self-pitying manner. Why me oh God? I would suddenly become a lawyer and lay out my case before God. Nothing, I was still circling and it all seemed so tantalizingly close yet I wasn’t where I wanted to be.

Matthew 13:11 “…Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.”

As I was in this holding pattern I gained a new perspective on what it means to ask amiss, and to miss the purpose behind the pause. I thought about the woman with the issue of blood. She responded to the pull from God not by verbally asking to be healed. She responded to the 12 year pause by walking out in faith, purposefully pushing through a throng of people to but touch the hem of His garment. She was healed and simultaneously claimed her inheritance as His daughter. Noah had a 120 year pause to build his purpose, Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for 3 days to accept his purpose. The common purposes they and we have responsibility for are faith and obedience to God. How that works itself through each of us is as varied as we are.

Hebrews 11:1 “ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

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