A *Pause* to “Rest” While Seasons Change…

23 Jan
A *pause* to "rest" in the music

A *pause* to "rest" in the music


My wife, Anne, has told me several times recently of a certain song that she and the church choir are practicing. It just so happens that it only calls on the basses to sing from time to time. Much of the time they just have to sit and wait until they sing again. And many times the bass line is so high many of them can’t sing it anyway. This has become food for thought for me and my wife and we have been thinking about how that applies to our lives. Well her devotional on January 22nd out of the book “Streams in the Desert ~ 365 Daily Devotional Readings,” (C)1997, The Zondervan Corporation, just happened to quote John Ruskin on this very matter. Let me share it with you here on my Helms | Deep 7 blog.

“There is no music during a musical rest, but the rest is part of the making of the music. In the melody of our life, the music is separated here and there by rests. During those rests, we foolishly believe we have come to the end of the song.  God sends us times of forced leisure by allowing sickness, disappointed plans, and frustrated efforts. He brings a sudden pause in the choral hymn of our lives, and we lament that our voices must be silent. We grieve that our part is missing in the music that continually rises to the ear of our Creator.  Yet how does a musician read the rest?  He counts the break with unwavering precision and plays his next note with confidence, as if no pause were ever there.

God does not write the music of our lives without a plan. Our part is to learn the tune and not be discouraged during the rests.  They are not to be slurred over or omitted, nor used to destroy the melody or to change the key.  If we will only look up, God Himself will count the time for us. With our eyes on Him, our next note will be full and clear.  If we sorrowfully say to ourselves, “There is no music in a rest,” let us not forget that the rest is part of the making of the music.  The process is often slow and painful in this life, yet how patiently God works to teach us!  And how long he waits for us to learn the lesson!”

~ John Ruskin

Note and Rest Values and Symbols

To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under the sun.
A time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill and a time to heal …
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance …
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to lose and a time to seek;
a time to rend and a time to sew;
a time to keep silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.
ecclesiastes 3:1-8


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