2016-05-18 - Pause and Reflect
Lately I have been trying to be intentional about having a reflective time early in my day. It’s not the only time; however, with rough starts to my day of late, it seemed like the best course of action. If you take time to be quiet and reflective, you’ve experienced life being uncooperative, in your attempt at this process. A movie that comes to mind, in that regard, is one of my favorites with Sandra Bullock and Michael Caine. She plays an FBI agent (Gracie Hart) that goes undercover to catch a criminal who plans on exploding a bomb during a beauty pageant (IMBD). Michael plays Victor, and he is charged with preparing her to be a pageant contestant. Since Gracie would rather beat up contestants than be one, he has a big job to complete. During one specific part, Victor is trying to show Gracie how to walk properly on a pageant runway area. As he demonstrates the proper technique, he tells her to hold her head up, move her arms around her up at the shoulder area and that the hips are the key. She reluctantly follows behind him, claiming “it takes a very secure man to walk that way”. As they start across the busy city street, she is beginning to glide quite well, and suddenly a cab screeches to a halt and stops right next to her. She then exclaims vehemently, as she slams her hand down on the hood of the car ,“hey!!! I’m gliding here!” It cracks me up, every time I watch it.
Have you ever had a “Hey, I’m gliding here!” moment? I seem to have them quite often, actually. Just this morning, I was swimming in one of the five open lanes of the lap pool, and I had a guy next to me that was slapping and kicking the water constantly. How I longed for a retriever or something in the next lane, because the doggie paddle would have been far more relaxing, with it being the purpose of my time in the pool. But, unfortunately, unlike what you may have heard said at times, the world is not my oyster. I have to share with others, and they are different from me, have different temperaments, goals, and methods of achieving their days' schedules. One of goals is to try and remain true to myself, no matter what is thrown my way in the course of the day’s events.
The King James Version of God’s word lists the word Selah (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Hebrew word 5552; from prime word 5541; to hang up, weigh, tread down; value) over seventy times. Most of those times are in the book of Psalms, and David is writing about struggle, or truth he has learned, and the need for pausing and reflecting on an idea, before then going to the next part of his thought. Sometimes while we are trying to accomplish, pausing and reflecting, we must also realize it’s not just an action, but also a manner of existing, and can only be accomplished by the inner working of the spirit on us, as we go through our day. As we rely on its presence to be our guide, we will be able to find solace - no matter what may work against us in the process. Paul describes the state of contentment in the fourth chapter of Philippians, and makes no mention of a blanket on a beach, a quiet room to reflect, or an uninterrupted study area. While those things are possible, I have to believe the word, and being content is more about a state of mind, as it is explained to me by a man who was in a Roman prison cell. No one can keep us from “Gliding here!!!” in our minds, only us.
Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain? What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah. Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses, which thou swarest unto David in thy truth? (Psalm 89:47-49)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted