It’s found in every household. It’s small, feels comfortable and is designed to make life easier for us. It even has a character of its own. It can bring happiness yet, on the other side of the coin, can cause conflict and harsh words to be said.

It’s the remote control, a gadget some people even spend energy fighting over. But, is it really worthwhile? Surely not, as after all, it’s just a thing at the end of the day which lies around, occupies a space and in all honesty, is more of an irritation than anything else.

However, there is a button on the remote that can bring laughter and some fun to life. The pause button can be pressed during a recording or a highly emotional rugby clash, stopping proceedings for an instant, bringing moans, groans and cries of irritation from those watching. It’s a handy button to press every so often, as it allows us to stop, reflect and take in the moment, to break away from what we are caught up in and to savour what we have, who we are with and what we are doing.
Our greatest remote control in life, and one we tend to forget is Jesus. Oh yes, He has the greatest remote control of all in His hands and it’s the most universal, tuned into each and every one of us. Every minute of every day He is there, watching over us, armed with His remote and His thumb poised above the pause button to stop us when we wander from the ways and path He has created for us. He cares so much for us there is no way He wants us to fast-forward or keep playing something which would bring us harm or cause us to sin. His pause button gives us the chance to stop, think, reconsider and above all, turn to Him for help and guidance.

He even tells us that He has our welfare and happiness in His heart. He reminds us every so often to “Be still and know that I am God.” That’s all we need to hear. That He is in control and when He sees us, His children, heading for danger, He zaps us with the pause button, just a gentle tap on the shoulder, to enable us to calm down, analyse the situation and react to it in a Godly way, the way He would want us to.
Daily, we need to have the pause button pushed. Life attacks us with decisions, scenarios, problems, doubts and frustrations. We lose sight of Him walking with us and turn away, even if it is for a brief instant. We shout, we blurt, we hit things, we get violent, and we feel defenceless and useless, wondering how we can deal with whatever is happening around us.

We need not let our emotions and folly control us. We need that pause button. He knows what’s going on and He knows why. We cannot understand why we are caught in a traffic jam on the way to an important meeting, or why our child was not selected for the team. We react, we turn nasty, we sin and only later, do we realise how pointless it was getting flustered over something beyond our control.

Leave it to Him. Leave it to the pause button. Be still and know that He is God.

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