I prayed for words to emerge from the muddled mess of my mind, Words to soothe my weary soul, teach a lesson to carry me through and to encourage my heart. Words to draw near and hold close.

Life consists of a series of routine days, most of which are completed without too much variance from the normal. We come to expect the usual and fall into the steady rhythm that greets us each morning. When a sudden shift causes our routines to fall apart, the unexpected break leaves us without a sense of direction. We are still hanging onto normal while at the same time being pulled away by other responsibilities.

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There is a lesson to be learned when life pauses and suddenly changes directions. God is in the pause and He creates the breaks from normal. His purpose is to gently draw us back to Him.

In James 4, we read these words…

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

and in verse 10, it says…

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

A change in routine is a call for redirection. It is God’s way of teaching us His truth and leading us to His promises. It is a chance to admit our weakness and let God fill us with His strength. It is a second chance to focus on what is truly important.

When we draw near to God, we learn…

Our muddled mess becomes God’s glorious certainty.

Using our own strength and our own timing, we very well may remain in that gray area of uncertainty. But when we turn to God and hand over our messes, we release it all to Him. God is always stronger and wiser than we will ever be. His glorious certainty is exactly what we need throughout the messiness we create.

His redirection takes us straight to the loving arms of our Savior.

We are gently drawn back into God’s arms when we accept the pause that comes from God. His loving words and reminders of truth and provision draw us back into the place we are known – God’s arms.

Accept the pause and heed the lesson

Life is not always what we expect. There are times of change and uncertainty knocking into our normal routines. Interruptions are God’s way of gently getting our attention and bringing us back to what is important. In the space of the pause, God is working to teach us and show us again a lesson we may have heard many times before. Accept the space and allow the love and grace of God to fill you one more time.

Today, the words from Hebrews teach us of a faith, filled with the assurance that God will never let us down. It is is holding onto hope, which leads us to God and the truth of His promises.

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:22-23

God’s faithful assurance will always lead us through the space of a pause in our day to day routines. His grace and love will teach us and show us the way when we are caught in the fog of uncertainty.

How will you accept the pauses in your life and draw closer to God?

In grace and peace,

Mary

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