Mario could use that pause button, and so could I

by Erica Pearson, ericalovesbooks@gmail.com

To say that I am stretched thin would be an understatement.

I’ll spare you the details, because quite frankly, I bet they sound a lot like yours.  We are all busy.  We all have too much on our plates.

Running MarioRemember Mario?  The classic Nintendo character in the red hat and blue overalls?  Remember how he would run, run, run his little legs off? Did you ever stop playing the game to give Mario a break?  You probably did – only to watch that merciless game scene continue to push him along until you either reached the next level or he met his fate over the edge of a nearby cliff.

I see that nearby cliff.

I’m pushing back on the scenery of life begging for a break.  I’m digging my heels in trying to make it slow down.  I’m begging the one who holds the controls to push pause.

No pause comes.

Life is relentless and it will not let up.

So what then?  How do we find peace?

People with their minds set on you,
        you keep completely whole,
Steady on their feet,
        because they keep at it and don’t quit.

Depend on God and keep at it
        because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.


– Isaiah 26:3-4 (MSG)

I can’t hit pause.  The minutes on the clock will keep ticking by and they are not going to slow down just because I feel stressed. I can’t reset the clock, but I can reset my mind.  Isaiah promises that if I “SET my mind on Him, He will keep me whole”.  That cliff already has a bridge that I can’t see yet, because He has already provided me a way over it.  I just need to keep my mind set on His truth… because He is a sure thing!

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