The Calm in the Quiet

Slow down!
People say that all the time, and frankly it isn’t always possible. Or it seems that way, we are so overwhelmed with responsibilities, work, living, surviving, that even taking an hour to stop and recharge seems to send a ripple that affects everything on the “to do” list.  Stopping seems to rarely be an option.

Winter is my favorite season of the year. Well perhaps I should be more specific. Snow is my favorite part of the year. It isn’t often we get a good snow where I live now, about once or twice a year if we are lucky. By a good snow, I mean the kind that delays the start of the next day, or allows for a whole day away from whatever daily responsibility that captures our time.

I love to walk outside when it is snowing, the soft white flakes covering the ground and bringing with them a peaceful calm that muffles sound and allows us to slow down. The best is in the middle of the night when there are no (or only a few) cars out on the roads, the dark sky above and the beautiful white blanket all around. There is such peace in that silence – a great opportunity to connect with the Lord.

It is Spring right now, and if any of my neighbors knew I was lamenting the passing of snow season they would likely call me crazy!  However; If you have never had opportunity to stand out on a country road or in a field with just the quiet of the snow, I would encourage you to do so, or for those who live where there is no snow, it is similar to the calm that sets in when hiking through the woods beside a soft bubbling brook.

Today’s thought: Stop. Listen to the calm, reflect on the Lord and bask in the moments of doing nothing!

Psalm 37:7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.

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