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Day 41 – Issue 20

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Be Still Know

Psalm 25:1 NLT

O Lord, I give my life to you.

On holiday in Italy last year, Jayne was aware of the reality of stillness to the degree she commented upon it. We flew to Verona, and stayed six miles outside the city in a small town. This has much to do with my own preferences. I remember a few years ago leading a pilgrimage in Assisi, and chose to fly in and out of Florence, planning some sightseeing in Florence on my way home.

The pilgrimage was wonderful, Assisi remains one of my favourite places on earth, and I took the train to Florence. Well, maybe it was my state of mind post-pilgrimage or something quite different, but I loathed Florence. Well, to be precise, the cathedral, the plaza, the major iconic sites. The main reason was that these “treasures” resembled Waterloo station mid-train strike. Noisy, chaotic, pushing and shoving; I felt claustrophobic and had to flee. Making my way to the river, I was immediately struck by the fact that I was now completely alone with iconic sites to gaze upon, a beautiful river, and time and space for myself.

Returning to Jayne’s experience in Italy, it was as we travelled by bus into the city of Verona that she too made the same connection. Here was a beautiful city that was swarming with people. We had journeyed from the tranquillity of a small town to the chaos of Verona. Yet again as I led us to the river we found space and stillness aplenty. We both recognised the deep need we have for a space for stillness, physical as much as psychological, since we were seeking to de-stress and have a holiday. The word means a holy or consecrated day. We worked hard, cared for Mum, managed daily life and this break was a consecrated space to rest. However, all too soon it was threatened by assaults upon our capacity to be still, chill and unwind.

In reality, this is the challenge for each one of us once we determine to find time with God. We were certainly refreshed and renewed as we sought stillness and solitude.

QUESTION: How do you manage the many assaults upon your need for stillness?

PRAYER: Lord, still my heart and mind that I might better hear and know your will.

Written by: Matt Weet

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