More cold, snow and ice are forcing its way through much of the U.S. and its cities. These winter storms have brought interruptions to everyday life. Hundreds are unable to travel, attend school, or open businesses. Everything has come to a halt and normal life has been interrupted – for a while.
Life is full of pauses and interruptions: weather, sickness, job loss, death in a family, birth of a child, or a move to a new location. These pauses can last a few weeks, months or even years. For some months, my own life has been on pause. It has been a time of change, a time of reflection, a time of silence and a time of renewal. I had to put my blogging aside, on pause, for a while because of interruptions – good interruptions, difficult interruptions.
A few months ago, I packed up our home for another move (10th move with my husband and family) since my husband began a new job. That move took us to the mountains of North Carolina, 4 hours away from our friends. At the same time, I had put my blogging aside to finish writing a book about revival (more on that coming soon). Even though a long process and learning curve, the book has been a good interruption. I hoped someday (now) I would get back to my blog again.
During the pauses of life, while waiting for our lives to return to “normal”, we can become impatient with ourselves, others and even God. King David understood times of interruptions and wrote:
“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.” Psalm 37:7
The fruit of patience is often cultivated when we are forced to pause and learn to trust in an all knowing God who is good.
In the pauses of my own life (which there have been many), I have learned to do four things which help me to “wait patiently” for God:
- Rejoice in my circumstances: “Rejoice always, again I say rejoice.” Philippians 4:4
- Pray for myself and others: “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18
- Give thanks: “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.” Psalm 136:1
- Read God’s Word daily which gives me hope: “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path…your word is my only source of hope.” Psalm 119:105,114
If I wait patiently, instead of fretting, peace encompasses my heart and I can actually enjoy the pauses in my life while I wait. With my hope in God, I continue to grow deeper in my trust of Him. Then He produces new fruit in my life during those seasons of interruptions. Thankfully, seldom do life’s interruptions or pauses last forever. The warm sun will come out again and there will be new fruit on the vine – hopefully, the fruit of patience with myself, others and God.