“Jacob looked down his path as if it were the current of a great river. As he stared into the flow he saw the seemingly unending line of moments given to him. Then, like a man marking a trail, he began to put his prayer between the moments, making the common profound by pausing.” ~ Jacob’s Journey by Noah BenShea
I first read this passage in a devotion book by Ken Gire and I have often pondered the statement “…making the common profound by pausing.” I have found it is in the pausing that we really live and it is in the pausing that God’s presence is felt. He may be ever present in our lives and all of creation may be ever declaring his glory, but it seems we must pause to attune our hearts to listen. When we pause and consider the moment and all that fills each moment of our lives, how can our hearts be filled with anything but praise, for even in the most difficult moments of my life when I stilled my heart before God, I found grace and peace there in abundance.
It is also in pausing that memories are forever embedded upon our hearts and the intertwining of the past with the present weaves upon our hearts a rich tapestry of grace. Life is meant to be lived, not in the bustle of daily life that leaves us gasping for breath, but in the pauses that take our breath away and fill our hearts to overflowing with praise.