Selah is a Hebrew word meaning pause or silence. Something we greatly need in the midst of our busy lives in this frenetic world…
So take a moment here in this quiet place. Jump off the busy whirl and shut out the noise and distractions. We are called to higher things… and to not lose the best by choosing what is merely good. Selah…
This is a place for spending time in God’s Word.
To pause and listen to his heart and learn his ways, learning to love as he loves. Seems nearly impossible, doesn’t it? That’s because it is — without his help and without time in his presence.
We get so busy, even with good things. Like Martha, we fuss and flutter and worry. Doing good, serving even. Tending to our duties or even taking needed time for ourselves. It’s not that Martha was bad. She was doing good. But she forgot what was really important. She overlooked the best things.
Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her, (Luke 10:41-42).
So let’s step aside a moment, like Mary did, to pause, to rest in his presence, and to reflect. To remember that we are called to higher things. And to learn that sometimes in choosing the good we lose out on the best.
“Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while,” (Mark 6:31).
But why Sheila’s Selah?
Because Selah is something I so desperately need. I have not arrived. I make mistakes and often fail. Too much of me comes out and obscures the vision of him. And perhaps you share my the difficulties.
But there is hope. For me, and for you.
We have two choices before us. We can continue on as we are. Beating ourselves over all our mistakes, both past and present. Yet never changing.
Or we can decide today to choose the best that God has for us — over all the good this world has to offer. By spending time with him and in his Word. Letting it renew our mind, transform our heart, and change our life one step at a time, day by day.
I choose that best, because even the best this world has to offer can ever compare! And you?