Practice: Pause and Pray

By Manuela Domingos

I recently read a quote on Facebook that read: “Practice the pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, you pray.”

I'm currently typing this on my smartphone as I take the train into the inner city to visit some relatives I haven't seen since I came to France.

I'm extremely fatigued, thinking about all the list of things I have to accomplish once I get home from this amazing time I've spent in Europe. My time here has taught me so much about myself. It's crazy how traveling can make you appreciate the things you take for granted and help you broaden your perspective.

I've especially learned to breathe. To pause, like that quote I read on Facebook reminded me, at a moment when I forgot, and needed to be reassured the most. 

Pause. To recognize that I don't have to have everything figured out altogether, that He is in control, and that I must trust in Him.

My mother constantly reminds me that I need to learn how to trust that things are going to work out. Often times, when things are forced, life never unfolds the way it should unfold. There's always a barrier hindering that one “breakthrough” we’re waiting to happen when we constantly feel like we need to take matters into our own hands.

Often times, when things are forced, life never unfolds the way it should unfold

I believe that it's not pure coincidence when this occurs. God is simply showing us that we can't live without Him. I can't live without Him. 

As He reminds us in Matthew 6:25-27: “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life —whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?”

I constantly have to read this verse and remind myself to slow down and breathe. To pause.

I am important, and He has everything under control.