Julie Lyles Carr: Sunday Selah

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sunday Selah

"In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength..." (Isaiah 30:15)

With a crazy, noisy, busy week behind us and an even crazier, noisier, busier one ahead of us, how do we recharge the batteries, reset the clocks, find center again? What if we took a day, or part of a day, or even an hour to sit still, breathe deeply and rest?

Such is the wisdom of a Sunday Selah, selah being the Hebrew word for pause and reflect. It seems almost counter-intuitive, to take a pause, to reflect, when so many tasks and travels loom in the days ahead. We can be tricked into thinking we are being less than responsible if we take the time to stop and take stock. But such wisdom is there in this time of Sunday Selah. We have this day, no more, no less. We have this day to turn from the mistakes of the past week, to recover from its fatigues, to become quiet again in heart, to trust again that there is something bigger out there than our small lives, our temporal worries, our fleeting cares. There is bigger purpose, bigger intelligence, bigger plans. And we can rest our smallness in the bigness of His Hands.

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