Some years ago, in a sermon for the funeral of Sir William Cokayne on December 12, 1626, The Rev. John Donne (1572-1631) made the following statement: “I throw myself down in my Chamber, and I call in, and invite God, and his Angels thither, and when they are there, I neglect God and his Angels, for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door.”
There are indeed so many things and ways that we can be distracted as we seek the voice, presence and guidance of God for our lives. In our world, that is a gross understatement. So many distractions that it is hard, at times, to distinguish the voice of God from every other bit of noise we put up with on a daily basis from all kinds of people and places. Add to that the business that eats away at every fabric of our lives and we can easily find ourselves out of touch with that which is the foundation for the joy, meaning and purpose of life, God!
Therefore, may I suggest that we cultivate the discipline of “Pause.” There is a reason for the pause buttons we find on a variety of the electronic devices which seek to control our lives these days. Pausing is an extremely important part of helping us keep our heart, souls, minds and bodies together.
It is no fluke that the Psalmist said, “BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.”
There is no secret glory nor is there some great reward for being on the move and being busy all the day long. So, just pause precious ones, just pause once in awhile. Pause……..and enjoy God a whole lot more.
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 8:48 AM EDT