I’m searching for stillness.
There was a rare day of sunshine yesterday, so I went for walk in my local park. As I wandered aimlessly along the riverbank, enjoying the frosty air and the slanted winter light, I suddenly found my heart caught up in the beauty of this sight – sun and trees reflected almost perfectly in the still water.
A moment later and the wind had nipped at the surface, stirring the water into ripples and eddies which wiped the reflection away. But joy had already captured my heart and I stood watching until my toes froze in my muddy boots, hoping to see it again.
Even the fast-flowing, muddy waters of the Derwent, when caught in a brief moment of stillness, can open a window onto heaven.
I’m aware that, in a way, this is us. Made in his image and following Jesus, we reflect a tiny bit of God’s glory, or his likeness, into the world. The light and the glory aren’t ours of course, both come only from Him, but, at our very best, we reflect that light and glory out into our lives, punching a hole in the veil between earth and heaven so that his kingdom comes..
And when we do there may be those passing by who are so arrested by the sight, so captivated by his beauty that they become desperate to see it again.
Our world so needs to have the God’s beauty reflected into it: Light, joy, grace, redemption, forgiveness, love, peace, hope.
‘And yet’, the Spirit seems to be whispering, ‘to reflect the very best image the water needs to be perfectly still’.
Be still and know that I am God – Psalm 46:10
So that’s why I’m hunting for stillness.
Because I find a longing has awoken: a longing to be a reflector of that captivating beauty of God; a longing to be a window through which people see Jesus; a longing to see Heaven itself leaking through into the world. And I’m wondering if a bit more stillness in my life might be the key.
So I know it’s a battle to carve out the time to say to ourselves ‘be still’, but I’m convinced it will be worth it. I’m going to take some time today, just a few minutes, to remember who God is, to draw on the deep well, to lean back into his strength. Perhaps you could join me, so that through your stillness you can become a reflector of light, love, grace and beauty into the world.
Peace be with you.
There aren’t many answers on the back of this postcard – but in times of turmoil, i’ve found this helps – Our lovely choir leader taught us to capture a moment of stillness by taking a minute to breathe this prayer:
Taking a deep breath in for two counts you say to yourself, ‘Be still,’ then hold it for the next two thinking ‘and know’ then slowly breathe out for four – ‘that I am God.’ Try it.
If you enjoyed this post – you might like my book Postcards of hope available here. Ellie