The Man Born To Pause And Ask

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    “In the ancient world,” said the teacher, “there was born a Jewish child to an affluent family.  His parents gave him two names.  The one name could b  translated as ‘small’ but comes from a root word meaning to pause, to desist, or to stop.  His other name came from a root word that meant to ask, to seek, or to inquire.  The child grew up and rarely paused or desisted from anything.  Nor was he one to question his course.  He was headstrong.  But one day all that would change.  He finally paused before a blinding light that cause him to fall to the ground.”

    “The apostle Paul?”

    “Yes.  The name Paul or Paulus comes from the root word pauo, which means to pause, to stop, to desist, to cease from one’s course, or to come to an end.  So the man whose name was linked to pausing and stopping finally pauses and stops.  Gode caused him to finally stop, to desist, and come to an end.  So his whole life, from the moment he received his name, was leading up to the moment.”

    “And what about his other name?”

    “In Hebrew,” said the teacher, “the word for ask is shoel, from which we get the name Shaul or Saul.”

    “Paul and Saul,” I said, “he who pauses and asks.”

    “And what happened,” asked the teacher, “right after he paused?  God said to him, ‘Saul!  Saul!’  In Hebrew that’s like saying, ‘Ask!  Ask!’  And what did Paul do?  He finally asked the question:  ‘Who are You, Lord?’  Finally, he who was born to ask, asked.  For the first time in his life, he realized that he didn’t even know who God was.  And only when he asked was he able for the first time to know.  His whole life was waiting for that moment.  And his question was answered with the words, ‘I am Yeshua, Jesus.’  And so the life of the man who paused and asked would be changed forever.  He would become what he was born to become.  You see,” said the teacher, “if you can’t stop, if you can’t pause enough to seek, you’ll never find anything more than what you already have.  And if you can’t ask, then you’ll never know anything more than you already do.  Pause that you might find.  And ask that you might know.  For we were all born to pause and ask.”

    The Mission:  Today, pause, stop what you’re doing, cease from your routine and your course, and with no preconceptions, seek Him.

    Jeremiah 29:11-13; Acts 9:1-8; Romans 1:1

    Cahn, Jonathan. “The Man Born To Pause And Ask.” The Book of Mysteries. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine, 2016. Day 105. Print.
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    "Baruch haba ba'Shem Adonai !"
    "Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the LORD !"

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