I love sitting by the water. I could spend all day taking in the calming effects of water. A good day for me consists of reading a good book while lounging by a body of water. Sometimes during my morning walks, the stillness of the water grabs my attention. Not a wave or a ripple to be seen. Just for a brief moment in time, this living organism appears to slumber; yet, underneath the motionlessness, life moves at a steady pace. In the stillness I find peace.
The troubles of the day take a back seat to the tranquility of the still waters. My heart beats in rhythm with nature. Each breath synchronizes with the natural world. The birds sing louder. A frog’s croaking interrupts the silence for a moment. It requires the ability to listen intently while engaging all five of your senses. It takes effort to tune out all distractions and focus.
It is not a trance-like state; but, a greater awareness of our surroundings. During this time, I feel closer to God than ever. My soul opens to the leading of a Power greater than myself. That “small still voice” captivates my spirit…they sing a harmonious song of love, acceptance, and freedom.
The still waters remind me of my place in all of creation. I was born with a purpose to fulfill. My life has meaning. I am not some biological mistake seeking my life’s objective; but, life is seeking me. The Father’s voice is discerned in the silence. He whispers, “Slow down. Take time to listen.” Creativity explodes. I experience sight through the mind’s eye. The crooked places become straight. The parched places are watered. What was hidden is now revealed. I follow the path in which He leads me.
He leads me besides the still waters. In the calmness, all my troubles disappear. A fresh perspective is birthed. I fill my cup with His goodness. I drink from the well of His mercies. My strength is renewed. The dark clouds fall backwards. The fog has lifted. A new day is dawning. Life has new meaning. The next step I take will be light and free. No more shackles. No more fear. No more pain.
As He leads me besides the still waters, I smile. I know He is there with me. He takes my hand and leads me gently. We take each step together. All I can say is, “Thank you, Father.” Tomorrow, I shall return to that same place at the same time. Again, I will seek to find the still waters.
Written by Laura Alexander