When our minds are racing with a thousand different thoughts, the idea of quietly beholding God for Who He is, is probably one of the most difficult things we can do. Our mind and body wants to “do something”, but here the Lord tells us to do just the opposite. It’s been called Practicing the Pause, but why is it so important? When we are quiet before God we can train our ears to the voice of the Holy Spirit…we can exercise restraint in taking control of overwhelming fear, anxiety, and whirling thoughts…we can break the cycle of acting rather than reacting and repaying evil for evil…finally, we can draw a deep breath and speak the Name of Jesus to steady our emotions. For when we consciously stop, motionlessly focused on God, our body will relax, our spirit will calm and faith will take the place of fear. But more importantly, perseverance will replace raw endurance. Rather than just hanging on, we can now patiently persist with absolute assurance that God is in control.