A Pause

Not too long ago I heard, for the first time, what is known as “a visual pause”. I say I heard the pause because there was no other way to describe it, I was in a dance concert and the first thing I noticed was the lack of sound.

This dis not occur, as one might expect, at the beginning or end of a dance. Instead the movement abruptly cut off and each dancer was still. Let me tell you that nothing caught my eye more than that stillness.

Something was incredibly profound about the dancers freezing onstage, it almost gives you a chance to step inside the dance and see what the dancers are not only doing, but also what they are feeling and seeing. When this happens, I cease to be part of the audience and step into the world of the dancer. Next, this sparked a connection in my mind of the flowing movements of a dancer, and the everyday steps of faith Christians choose.

Life is difficult, but “The Lord our God… He is the faithful God!” (Deuteronomy 7:9) We may not see, but the sudden pause reminds us that “God reigns… seated on his holy throne!” (Psalm 47:8) The simple drop of motion and the presence of consuming quiet reminds us of the quiet stillness in the field. Yet those very valleys will praise the Lord and “the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:12).

But above all, when our lives veer the most, when we cannot find the time to think. When our motions and mind are scurrying like mice running for their lives, it is then that we must “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). For only in stillness can we prepare to battle the “fiery arrows of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16).

Take heart! For He has overcome the world.

Be blessed today.

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