"Be still and know that I am God."
~ Psalm 46:10
"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.
For those of you who have experienced a tornado, the stillness of the air just moments before destruction is uncanny.
In the eye of the hurricane, there is an uneasy calm that allows for moments of sunlight, before the winds rise up from the opposite direction.
The stillness, or calmness, that I have shared describes great events. What I experience when I find myself beside still waters of the bay is simply peace.
Why is it that we always seem to expect the worst when we experience peace? The proverbial waiting on the "other shoe to drop" mentality when chaos finds the end and peace is ushered in.
We seem to experience more moments of calamity than that of 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 for solace must become a priority.
Christ calms the literal storm when the Disciples find their boat beginning to take on water. Christ chastised the men. "Be still and know that I am God."
Stillness is necessary. We live in a world that seems to be overwhelmed by chaos. Remember peace still exists. It is up to us to recognize the steps necessary to reach it.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.