Recently, God has been speaking to me about the discipline of “pause.”
Truthfully, the word had been breathed into my ears in the past. Last year, I declared “pause” as my “word” for the year. My response mechanisms had operated in an auto-pilot mode which left a wedge in familial relationships. My desire to find fulfillment in writing and friendships came at a cost. My family felt neglected.
Watching television shows and engaging in conversations which held little interest to me became easy opportunities to delve into my own interests. I realized that what appears to fulfill us can be deceiving. Even if it’s something that produces fruit.
But, just like plants, the production of fruit will cease if proper care is not given to nourish and replenish the life giving nutrients in the soil.
Sacrificing productivity can be hard. It often becomes the source of identity and motivates us to keep doing what’s necessary to maintain it.
Surrender to God demands trust that God sees what we cannot. It demands a desire to be shaped more in God’s likeness.
It requires pause.
Even Jesus did that.
So here I am again hearing “pause” whispered in my ear. This time it’s for a different reason. Nonetheless, it’s time to nourish and replenish the nutrients in my soul.
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