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Hard Stops


Have you ever seen a horse from this angle?


I have!


Do you know what causes it?


You guessed it: hard stops.


(Go ahead and chuckle. I know you want to.)




Sometimes, a horse has a mind all of his own. He might suddenly decide to stop . . . at full canter, no less.


Life has a way of doing that sometimes, too.


And that’s just where I landed this last week. Fortunately, I didn’t end up sprawled on my back with a snickering horse staring me in the face!


Life was set to full-throttle when, quite suddenly, the flurry of activity stopped and everything stilled. Kind of like a hydrant being tested by a fireman. With the spout wide-open, water gushing with force enough to roll a smart car, but abruptly ends when the valve is closed.


The things of life kept me hopping . . . until I got hit with a nasty virus. Everything stopped. And I spent the next five days at home . . . alone.


Some wise soul once observed, “Silent and listen are both spelled with the same letters.”


The Lord would prove this to be true as I submerged myself in His Word.


Plunged up-to-my-ears in silence, I whispered a prayer, “I’m listening, Lord.”


It took some tuning. Some concentrated effort. But then the blessing came.


If I were to share a word about hard-stops, here it is:

Hard-stops are perfect for prayer.


Number two?

Hard stops create opportunity to be in the Word, where we “hear” God speak.


And #3?

Hard-stops are made for listening.


Whenever you still to listen to the Lord, you usually learn a few things.


And boy did I ever!


I learned there is a difference between talking at God and speaking to Him. It should be more conversational and less tossing up a litany of wants.


I also learned to love the silence—because it's a holy time when you can truly listen.


Considering the constant buzz of activity, combined with all the noise around us, we would benefit greatly from intentionally planning hard-stops in our day before the Lord—to tune our hearts in the silence . . . to listen.



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