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Pause

Summer is upon us and quickly marching past. Already I have sent two kids to camp, been to two outdoor concerts, celebrated 4th of July with friends, and had VBS at church. As I look ahead I see a week of camp that I am working, some weekend trips to historical sites and who knows how many meals cooked on the grill. Before I know it summer will be gone, kids will be in school and leaves will be falling off their branches. Where does the time go?

It’s at times like these that it’s good to take a break and pause. Pause to see God in the beauty of His creation. Pause to discover God in the wealth of His written Word. Pause to listen to God in those times of solitude and prayer.

Pause.

It’s hard to do isn’t it? So many obligations. So many needs. So many people. And with each cry for attention the seconds tick off even faster.

Pause.

It’s a discipline I am trying to master; the art of pausing. I am slowly discovering that the world won’t fall apart when I turn my cell phone off. Disaster will not strike if I take a couple days off from email. People will not reject me if I say ‘no’ every now and then.

Pause.

When we get so busy that we neglect our relationship with God, we are too busy. That is one reason I don’t blog as often. It’s not that I have run out of ideas (I have bunches). It’s not that I have lost interest. It’s simply one of several things I have cut back on so I can…

…Pause.

So do as God prescribed through the pen of the psalmist, “Be still and know that I am God.”

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