“When Jesus heard what had happened, He withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.”
This passage in scripture describes the reaction of Christ to the news that His first cousin John the Baptist had been beheaded.
In music, during a musical rest there is no music. The rest is part of the music. And so it is in the the melody of our life, the music is separated by rests.
During those rests, we foolishly tend to believe that we have come to the end of the song. And we start to panic. But God sends us times of forced leisure by allowing sickness, disappointed plans, and frustrated efforts to cause us to pause.
Sometimes He brings a sudden pause in the loudest choral hymn of our lives. But instead of seeing the break as a part of our music, we lament and grieve that our voices have been silenced. That our constant busyness has been put on ice.
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, learn to read the music and not be discouraged during the rests.
These rests must not to be slurred over. Neither are they to be omitted, nor used to change the key. If we will only look up, God Himself will count the time for us…and with our eyes on Him, our next note will be full and clear.
Instead of sorrowfully saying to ourselves, “There is no music…” let us remember that the rest…the silence…is part of the music.
Let us pray that when life forces us to pause, we will not despair but will recognize that we have been called aside from our busy lives, to stand in the shade and stillness of God Himself. Amen.