9/9/2020 by Moses Kuria
I have been thinking about a certain statement from Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts in one of her online services. She says ‘sometimes God puts you on pause . He hasn’t stopped you . He has just put you on pause.
A pause is a a temporary stop or rest, especially in speech or action.To give someone pause is to cause someone to think carefully or hesitate before doing something. Sometimes I pause a song playing on my phone while in the bus to look outside the window.We all have done that somehow .The music stops for a few seconds or minutes .Time flies ,of course, but when I press the play button again , I will continue listening from where I stopped .If it’s a song or a podcast , I will definitely continue at the exact point where I paused or sometimes go back a little bit if there’s a part I feel like I need to return to . Pauses are very necessary in public speaking too. Quantitative communications data demonstrates that in order to sound conversational, you should use longer pauses.
Does God use such a concept with our lives ?Does he put us on pause sometimes? Yes He does . Take Jonah for example. He decided to do the opposite of what God had sent him to do so God had to pause everything for a while, shake him a little bit , then put him right back to his purpose. For some days , he was stuck in between his purpose and his arrogance. I have to admit that Jonah is my favorite person in the Old Testament because of his relationship with God . That little pause in his life wasn’t comfortable at all , but it lifted him up from the stomach of a fish and back to what he had been sent to do . Was that pause necessary? yes it was . It made Jonah understand that there was something inside of him that had to produce.It was all bigger than him. It took him more days to accomplish the goal than earlier expected , but he still did.Right?
Lazarus’ death in the New Testament was temporary. It was just a pause in his life , in a very unique way . It was a pause that had nothing to do with him , unlike Jonah. If you’ve never noticed , Jesus actually refers to Lazarus as his ‘friend’ .He even says that Lazarus has fallen asleep. We see it as the death but Jesus saw it as just sleep. The power of friendship. Anyway , Lazarus faces a temporary cut in his life so that a miracle can happen . That few days pause seemed like the end of the world for Mary and Martha , his sisters , but it was the birth of the supernatural. This is where I recommend the song Four days late by Karen Peck .
This year might feel like God has literally stopped everything, but I am learning to take it as a pause, not stop. That’s why I have been calling it a season on the radio . Seasons come and they go. In that pause , Jonah prayed to God . His pause found him deep in the sea , in the stomach of a fish . That must have been uncomfortable to be honest. Lazarus got a pause in his life in form of death .Benjamin Franklin should have added pauses in his famous quote about things that are certain in life. Death, taxes, and pauses.
The corona virus has just been the cover of a book that has thousands of chapters. domestic violence, anxiety, depression, Job losses , salary cuts , sicknesses , etc . Everyone is in their own chapter . It’s been a pause that requires intentionality to navigate through it .It hasn’t been easy for sure , but it has been a learning process. No matter how painful it has felt.
I’m learning that a pause isn’t a stop . It can be uncomfortable. It can last for a few days or a few weeks, months or even years . Some battles last longer than others . I am learning that when God makes you uncomfortable like he did with Jonah , it doesn’t mean he hates you . He just wants to restructure you to be what he wants you to be. You can’t be who you used to be and who you are becoming at the same time .That pause , that restructuring process, might take you out of your comfort zone and into the unknown but it’s worth it . I am learning to intentionally ask God what I am becoming as a result of what is happening around me because there’s always something that we are being molded to . There is glory attached to every pain.
The most beautiful thing that I’m holding on to is in Romans 8. It says , For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below — there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.
I am certain , convinced, that nothing in this world can separate us from the love of God and that is where we can draw our confidence. That nothing we have gone through or we will ever go through will be able to separate us from the love of God through Christ Jesus . We might be in that pause , but it also won’t be able to change what God feels about us . God loved Jonah , even in his stubbornness. He still used him in the end . He loved Lazarus even in death . He loves you and me , even in our brokenness.
I pray that you intentionally ask God about the pause that you are in right now and let the Holy Spirit guide you through. There is a song tagged below . Another in the fire, as perfomed by Amanda Lindsey.It’s been on repeat all through the year on my phone .It resonates with me a lot. There is a grace when our hearts are troubled . Another way when the walls are closing in. He who was with us when things were all good is still here when the world seems dark and will be with us through it all.
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