Unexpected truth lies in the pause.

Beauty waits for us in the middle. 

Dearest Reader,

Between Ezra, chapter four, and chapter five, sixteen years pass. Sixteen, agonizingly slow years as their rebuilding is on hold. I cannot move forward with chapter five without sitting a bit in the pause.

There are unexpected truths in the pause. 

However, when it is your life on hold, and you don’t know the outcome, waiting is hard.


Unexpected truth lies in the pause. Beauty waits for us in the middle.

Incidentally, me and my Sweet Man, are resting in a pause. Worry and fear of the unknown lurk in every corner, mocking us with what if’s and how’s.

Beyond the worry is beauty.

“Beauty waits in the middle.” 

Beauty is God, and God is in the middle. Yes, He is at the beginning, the end, and most beautiful in the middle of our story. When we grasp for hold, and he reaches for us grace unfolds.

The unexpected truth is we need pauses. Without a break, we miss God in the middle of our stories. We miss the beauty of his presence and protection. 

It’s in the middle we experience God’s steadfast love the most. His constancy lies in the middle of our unholy hard.

In the meantime, we can look back at Ruth, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Abraham, and Sarah and see God in the middle.

Consequently, through their stories, we are privy to the ending. If God is faithful in the middle of their stories, isn’t He faithful in yours and mine?

Subsequently, when we see God’s faithfulness in his Word, can we not trust him amid our pauses?

Our unexpected truth is a resounding, yes! Unexpected, because we were too preoccupied looking at our circumstances. 

We cobble together brief moments of grace, finding beauty in their midst.

Fleeting moments of grace point us to the presence of God in the middle.

  • Rest
  • Quiet
  • Time to read
  • Time to be still in His presence
  • Connection
  • The slow awakening of the morning
  • The quick fading of sunset

We would miss his beauty, miss his presence in the middle if not for the pause. Likewise, unexpected truth lies in the pause.

That truth is this:

God is reachable. God is constant. Our God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is unchanging amid our uncertainties and unanswered questions. We are tucked beneath his wing.

There is beauty in between what was and what is not yet finished.

We find space to breathe and be with God. Our souls are comforted in the slow awakening of the morning and the quick fading of sunset.

Yes, unexpected truth lies in the pause. Beauty waits for us in the middle. Still small whispers. Grace. Connection.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 (ESV)

Dearest Reader, are you searching for God in the middle?

If so, turn through the pages of his Word and find him at the beginning, the middle, and the end. As you do, I urge you to mark the moments of his presence with pen and paper.

Hence, rest in the pause.

I am here to encourage you, equip you, and guide you as you redefine your wilderness. You can comment below or send a private email to tlmashburn@yahoo.com.

Your Wilderness Guide,


*Scripture quotes are from Bible.com

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