Stillness is an non-action verb. We live in a society of mobility. Here are the words from David describing the Good Shepherd. Psalm 23:2-3 says, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul…”
I am practicing stillness. It’s not easy. My mind flits to things I need to remember. Thoughts interrupt my quiet. I asked the Lord for wisdom. He helped me understand that it is first in my mind. When my mind is quieted, then my thoughts and body will quiet.
I wanted to envision sitting beside His still waters in a verdant meadow. I have no still waters near me. The Sacramento River runs behind our mobile park property. It is never still. Years ago, when I lived near Washoe Lake, I would sometimes drive around the lake on a still day. The reflection of the mountains and the poplar trees was stunning. I had to stop just to take it all in.
When I want to be still, I remember the lake and the reflections. I am able to see in my mind what that looked like. I then take my mind, through my thoughts, envisioning myself being there in person. How does it make me feel? Calm inside. I am at rest. I’m able to focus on the Lord without other things flitting in to disturb the tranquility. In this quietness, He restores my soul.
I downloaded this scene from the internet. May you envision yourself right there, drinking in the tranquility, the beauty, and the life of serene peace. When we come to Him, He will give us rest.