by Graham Mol
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
We as a family have had the wonderful privilege of going away on holiday for a much needed break. On Monday morning I was able to take the above picture from the patio of the place we stayed at overnight. It was about half and hour before sunrise and the water of the dam was as still as could be. I watched in delight as some sparrows flew over the water, briefly diving down and skimming the water as they snatched a drink. One or two ducks glided past with subdued quacks. I was struck by how incredibly peaceful the scene was. A deep calming breath before the sun rose and that day began in earnest.
God’s beautiful creation is often punctuated by these peaceful moments. There is still the busyness of living as animals scuffle around for food and birds soar through the air, making melodies. But there are also those quiet moments, times of rest in between. How essential these are especially in a world today that never can seem to switch off for a moment.
I think of David’s words in Psalm 23 as he speaks of being led by still waters, having his soul quietly restored. Now I know that much of his meaning is metaphoric, but there is certainly merit in drawing peace and calm from the beauty and tranquility of one’s surroundings. God truly speaks to us through His magnificent creation.
I’d like to encourage you to find that secret, quiet place even if in your own garden or be it in your car as you drive to work and on the journey have opportunity to take in the scenery as you drive past. Find those still moments and allow the Lord to speak through them and be restored from the soul weariness that so often affects us during these trying times.