Today I write this from an ice-covered vantage point. Charlotte, NC has been covered with a thick layer of ice preventing me from leaving the house. I have been working all morning in my cozy little office with my furry little friend. We’ve been sharing on the blog the things that FUEL us so that we can stay strong and win the race God has set before us. Today I learned that fuel isn’t always predictable. Fuel landed in my lap during an expected pause delivered in the form of an icy Tuesday.
How unexpected, yet refreshing sweat pants, lit candles and a fire crackling can be. This day could have happened. I was ready for it. But God allowed a fueling pause to enter my world and it is simply delicious.
One of the ways the Bible talks about the power of a pause is the word “selah”. One possible interpretation of the word the word “selah” is to pause. The Amplified Bible adds “pause and calmly think about that” to each verse where “selah” appears. Therefore, Psalm 66:4 says “All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name.” – Selah (pause and think about that). It’s like God is using the pause to create reflection and know Him better.
Below are a few nuggets I’m chewing on regarding the power of a pause to fuel me on this ice day:
1. When most of my immediate world is also paused, there is a unique kind of fuel produced because there are limited expectations from those around me. This causes me to ponder how much I let other people’s expectations of me (realistic or unrealistic) dictate my mood, choices, stress level and reaction.
2. Somehow in this pause, I decided to notice God differently. – The way the icicles melted one tiny drop at a time. The way my dog felt the crunchy grass under his tentative paws. – I wonder what I miss each day in the hurry and routine that could be fuel for my soul.
3. Being cocooned can be extremely nourishing. When the world around you stops, it’s freeing to just stop with it. No running errands I “should” do. No working late with just one more project I “should” do. The fact is, I did more in my cocoon than I probably would have running around outside of my house, but my soul was stilled and quieted. I wonder how many “shoulds” cause my fuel tank to run low each day?
4. I’m not really that important. I paused and the world didn’t fall off it’s axis. As I look over the white glistening sparkles that just yesterday were my grass, I’m reminded of how very small I am in a very large plan. God uses me each and every day that I obediently respond to His plan. However, He surely doesn’t need me. Life keeps on going even when I pause.
When is the last time you were fueled by a pause? In the comments below, let’s share some ways we can create pauses in our hours, days and weeks to let Him fuel us.