The word "Selah" appears in the Bible seventy four times, with the vast majority being in the book of Psalms.
Although it's used that many times, the meaning of the word is not entirely clear. Some versions of the Bible attempt to translate it, while others simply leave it in its original form without explanation.
However, one of the more common interpretations is that it is a combination of meanings that include "praise", "lift up" and "pause".
For that reason, our JV staff retreat house nearby in the mountains is called "Selah": A place where our team can come to put life on pause and spend time with the Lord, lifting him up in praise.
Which is what I did last night and part of today.
I woke up there this morning thanking the Lord for the kindness and generosity of people who have made this special place a reality for us. Even 24 hours away, on pause, made a huge difference in my outlook and perspective for what's ahead of me in the weeks and months to come.
I'm feeling refreshed, nourished and ready to dive into what's next!