God has to love the comma (,). It’s the simplest of punctuation marks, but it’s full of meaning, and a calming reassurance. It gently suggests, “pause now, catch your breath, breathe, take a break”. And it implies – it quietly urges, “find the beauty, the gift(s), the present in the present”. Especially when there is darkness in the moment.
When I fall, I will rise; if I sit in darkness, the Lord is my light.
When I feel far from God, when I can’t see Him, this is when I sense a comma in His story; a spot where my mood can be reversed, simply by pausing. I am reminded to “Be still, and know that He is God” (Psalm 46:10). Often times, this is because I’ve reached a point of impatience and desire to control the things I can’t; when I’m not being “Patient for the present”. I’ve forgotten – even broken – the peace. Like a child on Christmas morning, I’ve run into my Father’s room and begun to clamor for Him to get up, now. On my time, not His.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
My Brothers and Sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble, but this gives you a reason to be happy. You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering. If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be all that God wants you to be.
James 1:2-4 ERV
…If there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
And the thing is, when I take that break and am still for even a short time, I can’t help but think of blessing after blessing in my life, and that heads me back toward the joy of the Lord, which is my strength. The true gifts, delivered by the simple comma, are those things that can’t be seen or even fully understood, only known and felt.