Today is a federal holiday; it is a day off work, a day to focus on the numerous list of things I feel I never have time to do, and yet lunch passed and I felt as though my day was just slipping away like hourglass sand and I have nothing to show for my labors – in fact, I can’t even remember what it is I have done. Frustrated with myself, I picked of the pace and hurried more but accomplished less.
Then I stopped and looked out my kitchen window for a long time and I began to just thank the Lord for all that I could see and all that came to mind – the bright afternoon sun, the big blue West Texas sky, wispy clouds, time off, my home, my job, the lifestyle I was blessed to enjoy as a child and young adult, my children, and on and on flowed the praise. And while I was praying, this passage and an old blog post came to my mind:
“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.
Sometimes I feel as though I just make big circles in my life and I look up to find that the words I need most are my own words and the lessons I need to remember are the same lessons the Lord has spoken to my heart many times. Currently my family and my life are in a beautiful season of both change and sameness and I am so thankful God is gracious and merciful to stop me and remind me of His great goodness here; He reminds me to take time to pause, praise Him, and remember this beautiful day and this glorious season; He reminds me to put prayer between the moments and make the common profound by pausing.