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Pausing to Reflect

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

Wait. What just happened?

Disoriented, I felt white-hot searing pain. It happened so fast. I had slipped and fallen down the last three steps going downstairs. 

While I lay foggy-headed and in pain, friends rushed to help me up. It wasn’t until hours later in the hospital’s emergency room that I learned I had broken my wrist and cracked my ankle. 

The following eight weeks passed slowly, but during this time, God whispered for me to pause, reset, and refocus on Him. 

Sometimes God allows trials so we can learn to depend more on Him. He proves time and again that He can calm any storm we face. He is in control. 

At other times, our circumstances are the perfect opportunity to pause and reflect on Him. He beckons us to draw near to Him and to seek Him in our weariness. 

Our Father is gentle and humble at heart and invites us to lean on Him when our souls are tired. 

The Hebrew word Selah refers to a voluntary and intentional pause for reflection. Often, when we pause and reflect on God, He makes known what He wants to reveal to us. More central, this, in turn, can transform our perspective.

Pausing to reflect places us in a position to hear God’s voice and be in His presence. He alone provides rest for our weary souls.

Do you need to pause and reflect?

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Paula Short

Paula Short is an ordinary Christian woman traversing through the wilderness of an everyday mess. She is a retired social worker with a BSW who lives in western Pennsylvania with her emotional support dog, a spoiled rotten amusing beagle named Little Girl. She has two adult daughters. Paula writes for God’s kingdom on her blog Simply Coffee & Jesus.