Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

2 Thessalonians 2: 16, 17


There are times when the most productive thing that I can do seems to be nothing. These are moments when my busy, racing mind needs to stop its churning and when my straining heart requires a little down time, too. This is a bit like that point in a home improvement project when the battery on my cordless drill runs out of electrical charge, and I need to go put it into the charger for a while before I can continue to use it. The loss of this essential tool forces me to stop, look at what I am doing, and consider what my next steps should be. The down time from the activity also seems to open my thinking to what will be the best approach to the rest of the project.


Of far greater importance is the time that I take to reflect on God and on what He has done and will do in me and through my life. Some of these stop and reflect times need to be long periods of prayer and meditation; yet, sometimes they are just a pause to speak to Him about the immediate need and to listening to God’s response in the middle of it all. The Lord delights in the time that we take to engage Him in conversation, He is always available, and there is nothing that the Spirit of Christ does not want to be involved in, either.


God brings us the encouragement of His love, He assures us of our place in His heart and in His house, and the Lord also comforts our fears and our concerns about the direction that we are to go in this life. He brings clarity and focus to our minds, and He provides the solid basis that we need to live courageously. As we look on the face of God, as we consider His love for us, and as our hearts are encouraged by Him; we should also begin to see the new being that we have become through Jesus. It is as this new person, in Christ, that our heart is made strong and our purpose made clear.