When you pray, go into a room alone and close the door. Pray to your Father in private. He knows what is done in private and will reward you.
~ Matthew 6:6
For the first time since beginning my blog I have encountered a period where I am struggling to find the words to write. I don't want to say I have "writer's block," because to me that means something is preventing me from doing what I love. Instead, I am trying to redirect my thoughts while sitting on my back patio, as rain falls, and a wind chime gently creates a melody as the rain accumulates on the metal tubes and is caught by the breeze.
Like the wind chimes in the rain, dulled by the water dripping, that is how I seem to acknowledge what I am feeling at this time.
For any of us, there will be rainy days, where the events of our life seem to overwhelm our abilities to be us. The headlines in the newspapers. A poor night's sleep. Stress from family events. Issues with our car, or even a difficult time in a relationship. All are things that can cause our life to sound or feel different.
That's why it is so important for us to find a sacred place that is "ours." I've come to know that being in, or around nature, is sacred to me.
Where is your place?
Jesus reminds us that it is important for us to find a place where we may find it possible to pray and to allow for God to speak. A place, when we have encountered the storm, we can hear the words Jesus spoke while tossed by the waves, "Peace, be still."
It is the place where our soul can rest. Where our mind might become clear, and our body renewed.
It is important to acknowledge when we have struggles. It is not an admission of weakness. Instead, it is allowing for ourselves to be known better, so that we can once again find a place where we can share, "It is well with my soul."
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
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.