The following was written by Terry Hershey, author of The Power of Pause.
There was an exhausted woodcutter who kept wasting time and energy chopping wood with a blunt ax because, as he said, he did not have the time to stop and sharpen the blade. Do you know the feeling? Have you ever tried to pray, only to find your mind swimming with yesterday’s or tomorrow’s worries?
Life is hectic for all of us. Finding God? We’ll be lucky to find the appointment calendar buried under the heap of work on our desk. Our own busyness and rushed pace blind us to the fact that God can be found right in the middle of our chaotic lives if only we would take a moment to pause.
Here’s what I know: Jesus didn’t wait to become overwhelmed. He was proactive, which meant that he frequently made sure he found a place to take off the blinders. He would literally get up from a crowd and leave—and depart to a quiet place. I know that’s not easy for us to do in a world that rewards busyness, but we can look to Jesus as our example. Was Jesus busy? Most certainly. Was he in a hurry? Never.
So I have one gentle suggestion for you today. Find a place to pause and sit still—literally. For just ten minutes. Take a deep breath, and ask yourself these questions: What do I notice? What do I see, hear, and touch? When I stop rushing, I see. If I see, I pay attention. If I pay attention, I savor. If I savor, I recognize that this moment, this very moment, is the sacred present . . . and that God has been here all along.