Mark 8:31, ‘And He (Jesus) began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.’ NASB
If transitions are like hitting the white water of life then seasonal changes can affront our senses.
They move us from what is comfortable, known and packed full of memories to what is new, unknown, uncertain and often fraught with anxiety and insecurity. They are the inevitable sometimes unscheduled leaps from one season to another.
This is when we come face to face with what I call, THE PAUSE. Oh, how we wrestle with the pause. We fight it, we try to avoid it by filling our time with trivial things. We fret and worry to no avail. We wonder about all the “what ifs”.
Is God still speaking to me? Why is he silent concerning his future plans for us? We become challenged as to our purpose in life, and hunger for the next step as though our worth depends upon what we are doing.
The pause is a no man’s land. We know we are moving forward but we lose sight of the shore and are unable to see the next landing spot. It is the time in between the old and stepping into the new. We have a sense of being unarmed.
A season of the heart.
Pauses are for the internal adjustment; a season of the heart. The pause always brings focus; a time for reflection as metamorphosis is taking place.
During a pause it is not time to try to make plans for the next move but time to go deeper into the Word, strengthening our intimacy with our Saviour and speaking with honour to the Holy Spirit. The Father has the next plan well in hand.
What we do during this stage will affect our next step up. Cherish the pauses. Look beyond the silence of ministry activities and begin to pray for the vistas afar off. Take a step up into new territories of trust and faith.
Jesus had his pauses tool but for different reasons. The most significant is between his death and resurrection (Mark 8:31).
Lean into the pauses. Thank God for each day he is preparing you for something greater.
Rusty A Lang is author pseudonym for Marlene Anne Morphew. Schooled in brokenness, Marlene has served the Christian Church internationally for over 40 years. With a heart for the nations, her passion is for people to be released into the Kingdom of God, living a natural supernatural life for Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Living in Australia she can be followed on Facebook and through a regular blog on her website rustyalang.com. Her autobiography, Good Things Take Time: Metamorphosis of a Damaged Soul and subsequent non-fiction publications Timeless Treasures: Digging for Gold Daily, Hour of the Owl: Living Life with Wisdom and Warrior Bride: Building Women of Strength are laced with the spirit of prophecy. Details found on her website. They can be ordered through her website in Australia and booklocker.com internationally.