Mind the rests?

My friend, may I ask you a question? God provides natural rests in our lives, as a composer does in his music. Would that we would treasure these precious times and not be so readily obsessed with just moving on the next measure of life. Are there blessings that we miss when we skip the rests?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

The other day I took a piece of music in hand and began a slow read through each measure. Eventually I came to that little symbol called a rest. I thought to myself, you can’t sing a rest because it has no sound. It’s just there telling you to do something, but not to sing anything. It does nothing to add to the music except force you to stop for a moment, catch your breath and then continue to the end of the measure. Our lives are like that when you think of it. Every now and then God drops in a rest, a place that gives us pause to have the time to think of others and not merely ourselves. If we think about it, each rest he gives, each small pause that he brings to us in life, each opportunity to give and not take, is a peaceful place; designed to be non littered with thoughts of self or gain.

Would that we would treasure these precious times and not so readily obsess with just moving on to the next measure of life. The blessings we miss are beyond calculation.

Here’s a story: Few know that if it weren’t for Edmund Halley, we may never have learned the laws of gravity from Sir Isaac Newton. He challenged Newton to think through his original notions, correcting the mathematical errors and preparing geometrical figures to support his discoveries. He coaxed Newton to write his great work, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. Halley edited the publication, and financed its printing even though Newton was wealthier and could have afforded the printing costs. Historians call it one of the most selfless examples in the annals of science. Newton began almost immediately to reap the rewards of prominence; Halley received little credit. He did use the principles to predict the orbit and return of the comet that would later bear his name, but only after his death did he receive any acclaim. And since the comet only returns every 76 years, the notice is infrequent. Halley remained a devoted scientist who didn’t care who received the credit as long as the cause was being advanced. (C.S. Kirkendall, Jr.)

To preserve peace in this life, the righteous peace that God expects of every Christian, each of us needs to take the opportunity when God gives it to focus on one another and not just on ourselves. Only through selflessness can we obtain the peace that God packages into every rest he places into our lives. Only through service can the rest be maintained and assumed into ourselves for the good of not only the moment, but for the duration of our lives. Our goal in this life should be one of calm and quiet, a willingness to bring peace to bear on every situation. Rather than disturbing others with our own self-interest, we ought to be abiding by the rests that God has imbedded into our lives. These are divinely meant to be observed as opportunities to reflect, regroup and reconsider how we live our lives. Keep the rests in your life. They’re there for a purpose; giving you pause to discover how to keep rhythm to the beat God has designed for the expressed melody of your life.

We pray. Heavenly Father, when you interrupt our lives with illness, pain or emotional suffering, we long for the peace that comes when the disruption has passed. You beckon us to reset and give pause to our strivings and we struggle to move on. Forgive us Father when we are so focused on ourselves that we waste these golden opportunities to find our peace in others. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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