Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
~ Mark 4:39
"He leadeth me beside still waters..."
Even the water understands stillness. There is something about rest, or becoming still, that makes us both comfortable and uneasy at the same time. I can remember as a child, experiencing the stillness of the air just moments before a tornado warning sounded. The sky was an eerie green color, and everything around was cast into a strange light. As the air changed, and the pressure seemed to suck the air out of the room we were in, I just remember being ushered to a safe place.
As an adult, I have experienced the eye of the hurricane, where there is an uneasy calm that allows for moments of sunlight, just before the winds then change and begin to blow once more.
Both the tornado and hurricane can be centered around great events, there then there are moments beside still water that can be also be seen as memorable moments as well. What I experience when I find myself beside still waters is simply peace.
We grow up with some understanding of the, "calm before the storm," but what would our life be like if the calmness just simply became associated with peace? We live in a world where there are more moments of calamity, rather than ceaseless silence. At some point we must know peace. At some point the calmness that we experience beside still waters must become reality. And at some point, the seeking out of solace must become a priority.
Christ calms the literal storm when the disciples find their boat begins to take on water in the rough sea. Christ rebukes the wind and the waves, and then there is stillness.
Stillness is necessary. Allowing for peace and solace is both an invitation from God to be at rest, but also to know the stillness that we all need.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.