Pastor's Corner: Pause Button

Thursday, April 5, 2012

I love Hulu! I love watching programs when I have time. I love having less commercials to suffer through. And I love the pause button most!

I have young kids that often need help or have questions for me. I don't want to be the kind of dad who shows my kids that my program is more important than they are. So I use the pause button a lot. It lets me control things much more. It even allows my show to buffer and flow better. I love the pause button!

Using a Pause Button does not have to be limited to video or music. God created several ways to pause in your life. After he made the world, he took a break and encouraged others to do the same. Taking a 'sabbath' is something we see as valuable. A time of rest helps you reflect. Jesus started a time of pausing to declare his death -- Body and Blood -- in the Lord's Supper; communing with the Lord and with his Body, united as one. One of my favorite pause buttons God gave is found in the Psalms.

"Selah". This word keeps showing up in the Psalms over and over and over. One of the best explanations for the word is simply "pause".

The Psalms are filled with people being very honest with God. Some of the Psalms have a lot of frustration or some anger in them. Others are filled with praise and joy because of what God has done. Still others just ask a lot of questions. But they are all honest and open. As you read along you'll find this word, Selah. It's a moment to stop and reflect on the thought you just read.

Trust in the Lord at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah Psalm 62:8

Pause: Are you trusting in God? In the midst of hard times do you abandon him? Do you doubt his help, his power and his love or are you embracing him? How can you pour out your heart before him? What does that mean? How does it feel? Remember God is a refuge for you!

Through your day, your week, your year, make sure you stop and take a moment of rest with Jesus. He wants to bring help to you. He will be a shelter of help and hope as you trust in him and call out to him. Give him a chance. Take some time to 'pause' with him.