“There are two realities to which you must cling. First, God has promised that you will receive the love you have been searching for. And Second,...
How often is it that we have so much going on, so much that demands our attention; and when the invitation to rest comes, we are unsure how to do it? This happens to me often. I’m coming off a busy season now and I’m angsty, irritable, physically just tired… It’s time for a pause. But now I find myself faced with the oh-so-familiar question: “How do I do that?”
Lately, my wife and I have been watching one of those shows that transports you back and forth through the lives of the characters, landing in scenes that grow in significance as the story unfolds. I enjoy a good story that draws you in, piques your interest, and then turns you back to your own story.
I am in a season of death…a friend just recently died of ALS, my husband and I are on the anniversaries of each of our parent’s death, a dear colleague just resigned from working closely with me, and our child’s marriage is dying. Have you ever considered what exactly death takes away? More than just a human or a dream, death takes away our security, connection, input, and hope for change.
This story of Jesus calming the wind and waves is intriguing. During the storm, the disciples, afraid for their lives, accused Jesus of not caring if they lived or died. He didn’t immediately reply to their concerns verbally, He didn’t try to look on the bright side and positivize their predicament; Jesus calmed the storm. Turning to them, He asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mk 4:40 NASB20) I hear His tone not accusatory, but curious.
I don’t think I’ve had many moments to be still over the past few weeks or months. From travel, conferences, hospitality and work, we have been treading water for quite a while. A couple of weeks ago, the Lord kindly dropped this song into the jukebox in my brain, reminding me that I need to be still. For me, stillness has historically been a curse. From timeouts as a kid sitting on the stairs while others got to play (FOMO), to illnesses that knocked me off my feet, I have not had a great relationship with stillness.