Being on Pause
If you are familiar with the Bible, then you know the story of (Luke 10:38-42) about the two sisters Mary and Martha. Jesus and his disciples went to this village and in this village lived two sisters Mary and Martha. Martha invited Jesus and his disciples into their home. While both women were thrilled that Jesus was visiting their home, Mary decided to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to him speak, while Martha decided to move around the house preparing things and trying to impress Jesus.
Well, Martha got a tad upset that Mary was not helping her with the preparations, so she went over to Jesus and asked “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her” There are various lessons to be learned within the complete story of Mary and Martha, but this particular part is about being on pause.
Some of you may be very similar to Martha, running around like a chicken with the head cut off. Never slowing down and taking time to just pause. To stop, to rest, no thinking, no decision-making, just pause. It would be sort of like when you are watching a movie and you put it on pause as you run to the kitchen to grab a snack; the movie is on pause. It is not moving you don’t hear a sound and everything is stopped, until you return back to the sofa to continue watching.
Don’t you know that everything has to stop at some point in order to keep going? When you are on an airplane, the first thing it does is stop at the head of the runway before it takes off? While you are driving, don’t you stop at stop signs and lights? Then if you know this to be true, why is it that some of you move from experience to experience without stopping, resting, or refueling? Most people won’t leave a job unless you have another one lined up. As soon as one relationship is done, you’re looking to get into another one. You go from work to home just so you can work some more. Maybe it is guilt you feel when you allow yourself to just do nothing.
All those life images and all those noisy life sounds need to come to a halt, especially if you want to get a clear picture of what you should do next. You should consider it a privilege to be able to just pause…push the pause button on life. To be able to stop and gather up some strength, get your thoughts together or give things some time to pass before you turn that corner and move forward.
Just because you take a pause in life’s journey that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. Actually, it is a perfect opportunity to be present with yourself and catch up all that is going on with you. Why not try at least for one day to push the pause button on your life. Sit Still. Completely Shut-down. Just stop all movement with yourself just long enough to do a check up on yourself. If you don’t, you may not be able to tell if you are fast-forwarding or going in reverse.