Peace in the Storm
"Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, 'Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?' He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! Be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, 'Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith'?”
Often we ask God to remove the tension, stop the pain, calm the storm.
When we take time to sabbath and tend to our souls, when we slow down enough to give attention to who we are in Christ - our prayers change.
Our state of being changes.
"When you're waiting you’re not doing nothing.
You're doing the most important something there is.
You're allowing your soul to grow up."
- Sue Monk Kidd, When the Heart Waits
The storm is not accidental. It is a gift, a test.
There is more going on than you know.
We are tempted to look for efficient and painless ways to experience change and growth. And yet, if we will let it - the wind and the rain will create in us new life.
Sabbath is a summons, an invitation to be known.
When we slow down we discover a reverence for all that is good.
We are given space and clarity to see the sacredness in all things.
We can learn to honor the unexpected and not resist it.
It is often our reactions to the unexpected that gives them energy to have an oppressive power over us.
Sit in complete silence for five minutes. Pay attention to your breathing.
Slow. Listen. Then pray this prayer to God, "I honor the pain. I choose to feel it. Give me eyes to see the gift it is in my life."