Monday, January 31, 2005

God Pause

I’ve been home taking care of a very sick little girl this weekend and today. Whenever one of the children is like this - so still, so weak - something moves in my heart. When I check on them during the night, touch their brows, and listen for their breathing, I’m reminded anew how precious they are. Gifts sent from heaven. It’s a sort of “God Pause” – to steal a phrase from David Wilkerson of World Challenge.

I think most of us don’t take God Pauses often enough. Pastor Wilkerson’s latest ministry letter discusses how quickly people have moved on from the tsunami disaster. Around our house, we have. Right after it happened, we (and most of America) spent a good bit of time watching the news reports. Our church jumped into action as I’ve
discussed before. Millions of individuals wrote checks and sent aid.

How much time did we, as believers or not, spend asking God what He is doing through this event? I confess not enough on my part.

Wilkerson reminds his readers of the sheer magnitude of the earthquake and resulting devastation. Remember, one island was moved nearly 100 feet! Then he continues:

“...when power is unleashed that was one million times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima . . . when thinking men everywhere have an intuition that “somebody is tinkering with nature, something is happening that cannot be explained away” . . . when society moves on without a single “God pause,” without even a thought that God will not be mocked. THAT IS WHEN I SAY WE HAVE COME NEAR OR CROSSED OVER A LINE INTO A SPIRITUAL STUPOR THAT NO AMOUNT OF DIVINE MERCY CAN AWAKEN.”

Spiritual stupor. Let’s not be caught. Whether reflecting on a natural disaster, watching events unfold in the Middle East or facing a personal “tsunami” at school or at home, take some time to seek God in the middle of it. Take a God pause.

“Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.” Proverbs 2:13, 14