Streaming shows and movies to watch is the norm for most people.  Live television is rarely viewed, especially in our household except for sporting events.  When watching a movie through a streaming service, I often remind my children that they can hit pause.  They forget they have some control over viewing the movie.  Pausing allows for so much more than a bathroom or snack break.  Limiting screen time and getting rest is achievable through the pause button. 

Hitting the pause button in our lives is necessary and not just when watching Netflix.  We need to take time to rest, reflect and re-focus when our schedules become to full and work load seems unmanageable.  

Throughout scripture, the theme of resting is present.  Jesus even modeled for us how necessary rest and renewal is.  As we read in the gospels, Jesus is praying and finding time to rest.  In Mark 4:36-41, Jesus and his disciples went to other side of lake on a boat. 

“Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.  A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”—  Mark 4:36-38

Scholars and theologians have analyzed the words, “they took him along, just as he was”.  We don’t have to time to discuss that here, only to say perhaps Jesus needed a pause. In verse 38, Jesus is sleeping, resting. Before the decision to cross the lake, Jesus had been traveling through towns and cities, healing, teaching, and performing miracles. Resting by taking a break, pausing for a short time provides renewal. Jesus renewed through prayer and rest.

As we finish assignments, complete work, make decisions and carry out tasks in our daily lives, we may need to hit pause too. As we follow Christ, we need renewal and rest during different times also. May we find encouragement and strength from God and His Word.

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”–1 Peter 5:10-11

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