selah.

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It has been one of those days when my day-to-day organizer is always (no exaggeration intended) filled with something, be it school work, club involvement, ministry, and among many other things. By now, I have kind of given up to the fact that it will get any better, unless, of course, I let go of a commitment or two. Lately, although I feel like I have been doing a great job in managing my time well, I have not prioritized my time for the things of real importance and the things that matter to me the most.

Here, let me be open to you all. I’ll walk you through my typical day. Monday, Wednesday and Friday seems like a more relaxing day for me, while Tuesday and Thursday… No, you wouldn’t want to even hear about it. Haha. Alright, Kim’s day in a paragraph, here we go!

So as Kimberly wakes up on a Thursday morning at six, she quickly rushes to the kitchen to make herself her signature turkey and avocado sandwich for lunch, brew her coffee, as well as a bowl of yoghurt to kick start her day. As she looks at the clock and realizes that it is 6:28 AM already, she decides to multitask in eating her physical food and spiritual food at the same time for about 20 minutes, or sometimes 15 when it is one of those days. In a hurry, she goes straight to the washroom and prepares herself for a long day at school from 8 AM to 5 PM. Catching the bus is not an uncommon morning thing for her, but she counts it as her daily cardio session of the day. During Kim’s break between classes, she is normally in the Irving library studying for an upcoming quiz or doing homework that is due within the next week. On a more laid back week, she uses this time to hang out with friends, or treat herself with some TV series. After all her class ends, she then attends a World Vision meeting with the community outreach team she co-directed before going back home. Of course, there is no better way to start the night than a quick hot shower before hitting the books again or preparing discussion topics for caregroup the next day. It is now 11 PM and she decides to prepare for bed, as she needs to be up bright and early for another day. She then ends the night with a passage reading and a prayer, sometimes too tired to even give her full attention to. She then rests and regains her energy for the next day.

Then one day, in the midst of all these, I was reminded of one word I have yet to learn in the beginning of the year when I was in The Vine Church Hong Kong.

Selah.

I’ve seen it pops up in mostly the Psalms, and yes, it somewhat means rest. Too often we think that physical rest is the only thing we really need. But no, we need rest for the soul, and we don’t like that state of resting. We rest and we fear we are missing out. We rest and we fear that we are only piling up more work to catch up. And so we don’t rest well enough, or even, at all.

Maybe what I need is to rest more.
Maybe what I need is to pull back from whatever I am doing.
To observe, enjoy, embrace, and engage.

To rest and connect with the Maker.
To be in sync with the melody and rhythm of life.
We are made to function well with rest.
And so we don’t have to fear in missing out.
We are not taking away the beauty of the melody of your life.
We are only adding on to it.

“Because the rest in the music is still a part of the music!”

So that day I learned how to rest. Silly, I know. But I had some rest that is for the soul, and it was a beautiful time. There is just Even God Himself took the seventh day especially for resting (Genesis 2:2-3). In this fast-paced and all-consuming world, how can you listen to your Creator if all you do is hurrying Him? Just when He is about to speak into your heart, you said ‘Amen’ and quickly rushed to your next appointment in line. Just when he is about to comfort you in your troubled times, you have one foot out the door looking for other source of peace. Today, let us remember that even in, or especially in, selah, God is working in your heart. Today, let us be still before the Lord and be soaked in His presence. Today, I have come to a realization that sometimes, doing ‘nothing’ is doing everything.

“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:9-11

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