The morning mist hung low over the almost still water. The only movements on the glossy, grey surface were the soft ripples from the fish as they became more active.
Images of the homes on the opposite banks peered through the thinning fog and the rising sun had just started to spread its orangy glow across the horizon in majestic splendor.
It was a brand new day and the loons made their presence known as they wailed at each other across the water.
The air had a chill and I was glad for the light sweater I grabbed on my way out the door. Our pup impatiently tugged on his leash, eager to go about his business. I took a few steps onto a more grassy area to accommodate him and looked across the lake completely taken in by the beauty of the morning.
I am not an early riser but with a 3-year-old shih-poo I really had no choice.
Breathing in the crisp, fresh air, I was glad to be up.
In spite of the sounds of nature, it was still so quiet, one could almost hear God speak. Yet the beauty of the morning shouted His love. The Master of all creation had commanded another day and His work was a wonder to behold. It brought with it such an overwhelming sense of peace.
Standing by the water’s edge, I reflected on the similarity between the purpose of our mini staycation and the commandment of God’s word.
“Be still and know that I am God.”
My family decided on this weekend cottage rental as a way to escape the hustle and bustle of real life. Time out for us to relax and enjoy each other. We get so caught up in the busyness of life; going to work, taking care of kids, paying the bills, household chores….simply running the rat race. We forget what it is to slow down and enjoy the richness and beauty of each other and the world around us. Often times that busyness is reflected even in how we relate (or not) to God.
We are too hurried to pray and read His word.
Too hurried to hear Him speak to us. Simply too hurried to slow down and just be with God.
Overwhelmed with living life, we are even often, too busy to seek out His help and accept His offer of peace.
Eventually, we become dependent on our own strength and abilities rather than on God and we are worn thin. Although many of our daily activities are a necessary part of life, some are not and we desperately need to learn to prioritize, weeding out the empty things that take our time away from Him.
God wants to spend time with us. He wants us to pray , read His word and nourish our spirit man.
He desires and deserves our worship. He wants us to rest in Him and allow Him to restore our weary soul.
Be still and know that I am God.
A call to confidence in who God is.
A call to submit to Him in total abandonment.
A call to stop and rest in Him and His promises.
A call to let go and let God.
I have come to realize that being still isn’t just about standing without motion, although that aspect is very important. But to truly be still is to allow ourself to be lost in God’s presence, in total surrender and abandonment, while finding rest in the knowledge that He, indeed, is Lord over ALL.
I sat on the wooden dock watching my pup explore his new surroundings and I thought, how wonderful it is to slow down and enjoy the moment. More so, how wonderful it is that God, in His great love for His children, used a beautiful morning as a quiet invitation to rest in His presence.
“In place of our exhaustion and spiritual fatigue, God will give us rest. All He asks is that we come to Him…that we spend a while thinking about Him, meditating on Him, talking to Him, listening in silence, occupying ourselves with Him – totally and thoroughly lost in the hiding place of His presence.”
Come on, let us journey together by faith today. God bless you!