When I play a piece of music on the piano I observe the rests. These moments are silent, so it seems like nothing is happening in the music. Are the rests as important as the notes? I think so. During a musical pause, rests prevent a cacophony of ceaseless noise and our minds have a chance to absorb what we just heard.
Tonight I attended our church’s worship service in the Taizé style. At these services, I love the music, silence, repetition, and pauses. When my day is ceaseless noise, worship such as this, fills my heart and heals my soul. I try to remember to pause periodically during my day and listen for God’s voice. These times of rest and just “being” are as important as the times of productivity and just “doing.” I cannot do one without the other.