For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV

Today is my dad’s birthday! So one, Happy Birthday Dad!

Two, my dad told me something that always encouraged me. Never be afraid to ask and research the random questions you have. Those may be from God. A random question that popped in my head today was, where does the pause symbol come from?

Answer: Poetry and Music! In music, a symbol called the caesura was used to indicate holding a certain note or beat. That moment allowed beats to rest, or to continue on till their appointed end. It’s a very simple origin story, but then I looked at the design. It was two perfectly aligned and parallel rectangles. How odd would the pause symbol look if one rectangle was not aligned or crooked?

Pretty weird, right? But this is what happens when we don’t pause and wait in God. We let ourselves become unaligned and our pause is off. We rush things to keep them on our track, or in fear that we won’t get what we want or saw before it’s gone. Whatever the reason, it’s not God. We are not aligned with Him. It takes two aligned rectangles to make an effective and noticeable pause.

God promises that the pause will end in its own time. The music He is creating needs that rest. His song needs that beat to hold out and sit with the listener (us). He wants us to experience and soak up His music. But if we’re always rushing the pause trying to get to the big note or the end, getting off course, becoming unaligned, we are in discord, not harmony. The song ends up becoming noise instead of something that could be beautiful and inspiring.

Whatever it is you’re waiting for, remember to make beautiful harmonious music with God. Stay aligned and stay in Him. When that big note comes, it will hit just right. Why? Because God, in His rest, His pause, carried you to it.

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