Words from the Heart for Thursday November 29th, 2018
He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor!
Psalm 107:29-30 (NLT)
The Blessing of Stillness
There may be those reading this verse today that have experienced that awesome relief to come out of a threatening storm on the waters into the calm of the harbour. Not all storms happen out on the water. But, as this verse states, He has the ability to calm the circumstances of lives and renew the atmosphere of stillness and safety. Share this good news today with someone going through a storm.
Canadian tend to live busy lives, which is probably why we love “getting it away from it” and enjoying times of just being still. Which may help explain why Canadians love their cottages, or cabins, or camps, all basically the same but called by different names in different regions of Canada. So it shouldn’t be surprising that Ontario’s prime lake district, Muskoka, recently got the nod from National Geographic Traveler as the top summer destination — in the world.
I am blessed by my brothers and sisters in Christ who are by nature contemplative. As a young pastor I read Eugene Peterson’s book The Contemplative Pastor a couple of times, trying to put into practice the principles this man of God was teaching. I found it challenging then, and still do today. But more than in the past, I do recognize the need for times of stillness and reflection. The Psalmist recognized this as well and so wrote in Psalm 107:29-30: “He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbour!” Psalm 107 is a wonderful Psalm that records the stories of the redeemed. No matter where they traveled, God was with them, protecting them and guiding them. Those who went out on the waters discovered that God calmed the storms they faced and stilled the waters. Out of the storm He led them to the stillness and safety of the harbour. This reminds us of the times that Jesus was on the Sea of Galilee and when the storms arose, He calmed the sea. He will calm your sea too, and lead you to places of stillness.
These have been words from the heart.