It’s a word that is rarely used. It’s thought to mean pause-a break.
This has been on my mind recently because sometimes I hate the fact that my brain hits a wall and can’t function without rest. I want to do everything and I feel bad for having to need rest a lot-and I mean a lot.
Kristen Kill in Finding Selah says, “When we practice peace, it is always about embracing the rest God provides. He always goes first. Into waters, into suffering, into new lands, into great joy, into glory, and into rest—there is nothing He gives without giving thoroughly of Himself.”
The thing about that is we often think rest comes after we do the things-after we finish, THEN we can rest. But what I’m learning is that rest comes first. Lauren Daigle, one of my favorite people, said in an interview that we need to function out of a place of rest. First, we rest-completely-then we complete the To Do list. We’ll be more efficient as we complete the list because we are running on a full tank so to speak.
That’s changed how I look at Selah. It’s a pause that refreshes me to do all that I need to do. So maybe I need to rest more than a typical 24 year old, but when I look at it as needed to better prepare me for what’s next-to better prepare me to do ministry in my corner of the world-it’s less daunting. It becomes less of a chore because I want to love my girls well. I want to love the littles at school well. To do that, I need to rest well.
Find Selah in the midst of chaos.
Sometimes, Selah looks like reading and writing.
Sometimes, it looks like forgoing my diet at eating custard with my family.
Sometimes, Selah takes on the persona of drinking coffee and dreaming wild dreams with soul friends.
Sometimes, Selah is simply just breathing and living with attentiveness-inhaling and exhaling as the leaves fall and snow blanketed the world.