The Stillness of the Lord
May 3, 2014
“Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.” (Psalm 33:8)
This morning actually started about three days ago, or at least that is how it felt. On Friday, my car dramatized a scene from Stephen King’s “Christine.” That meant on Saturday I needed to tow my car to the dealership and rent a new car, with no transportation but a stroller. Then on Sunday, some dear parishioners suffered a terrible tragedy, so funeral planning began. At the same time, all the usual Monday morning tasks shouted to be completed.
I stared at my computer screen and I felt the tightness in my chest. I thought, ”I have so much I need to do today, and yet I am frozen.” Finally, I pushed back my chair. I left my office and stepped outside.
Right outside my office is a small crepe myrtle tree. I walked close to the tree and stopped. At the root of the tree, a squirrel ate his morning meal. Suddenly, he saw me. He seemed to stare at me, perhaps considering a run for it, but he did not run. He continued to eat. So I stood still and watched him. I just watched, mesmerized by his little actions and fluffy tail. Finally he finished eating, wiped his face with his paws, climbed the tree, and I couldn’t see him anymore.
In that quiet moment, time slowed and tasks disappeared. In that quiet opportunity in nature, I could marvel at the actions of a furry creature and delight in witnessing his morning meal. In the stillness, I remembered wonder and was reminded that I, too, am part of this glorious creation. With that knowledge, I could return to my tasks and take the joy with me.
Set a timer for 10 minutes, then be still. Outside or inside, take the time to notice what you hear, see, feel, experience. Just be still in the presence of God.
Rev. Lucy Porter
After such a difficult winter, I am finding deep joy in watching Spring’s daily, even hourly changes in the trees and other plants outside my house.
Thank you for posting this. I am reminded of a line from a favorite movie(Shawshank Redemption), where Brooks Hatlen says in a letter “I can’t believe how fast things move on the outside……the world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.”
The regret and bewilderment in his voice is painfully obvious. Thank you for reminding us that we realllllly need to slow down, to be silent and know that He is God.
dear dear Mary- so good to see a piece written by you, yet i am so very sorry for the family who suffered a tragedy.
wish you would visit St. Martin’s when you come to NOLA.
maggie is retiring June8th and we are having a reception after the 10 am service in case you’re in town.
we all miss you!