Many automotive innovations trace their roots to Formula 1 Racing. It’s an ultra-competitive field where some mind-boggling ideas are pioneered. Hyper-expensive lessons are also learned. F1 Racing is a sport where something seemingly insignificant like tiny silver paint flecks sparkling in one car’s finish had to be removed to save a few kilograms that were costing the team’s straight-line speed a mere tenth of a second. The car-design is essentially an upside-down wing, and would you believe it’s literally safer to go faster through the curves in a Formula 1 car?
Our road-car technology is richer as a result: We have traction control, stability control, rearview mirrors, and transverse (sideways-mounted) engines which made front-wheel drive possible. Not to mention exotic materials like carbon fiber, better tire technology, steel disc brakes, suspension that actively accounts for road conditions, automatic transmissions, and improved aerodynamics.
One cutting-edge F1 innovation that’s been making its way into the market is the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), which harvests energy from the brakes to charge a battery for additional power, so the engine can be more efficient and the system has even greater power-output.
Literally, with KERS technology, when you tap the brakes, power is generated. Are you with me here? I think you are. But I’ll say it anyway: There is power in the pause. Spiritually speaking, there are some practices Jesus-followers have used for centuries that help us to pause, slow down, and plug into our Source… they are silence, solitude, and stillness. When we “tap the brakes” in our busy lives, something very real happens that results in empowerment, rest and recovery, and even a greater capacity for the work we’re called to do.
Tap the brakes today. Is your pace-of-life exceeding the speed limit your soul was designed for? Stop. Right where you are. Pause and take a moment. If you’re unsure what to do with the pause, know that “nothing” is just fine. But if you sense the need to fill the time, use it to recall who God is and all He’s done.