Sunrise over Lake Cootharaba on the Noosa Wetlands. You can see it twice – nearly. You weren’t there, but you can nearly feel the austere quietness of the early morning from this pic: the colours, the clouds, but perhaps most tellingly the stillness of the water as it reflects the scene of the sunrise above it. Even the sailing boat, still and with a stiff sail-less mast reaching for the sky, contributes to the same message.
It would not be the same if the water was not still.
As I live each day in the rough and tumble of frustration, struggle, other people’s behaviour, expectation and perceptions, and a myriad of other pressures I can bring upon myself, my mirroring of the character of Jesus as He lives in me, is best maintained in my quietness and stillness. Not my action, planning, vision or even, if I can say, obedience (although all are important), but my … stillness.
It is when I am still that I best listen to God.
It is when I am still that I am most patient.
It is when I am still that I am most gentle.
It is when I am still that I am most peaceful.
It is when I am still that I am most humble.
It is when I am still that I best reflect God.
There is no better way to live.
“Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.”
Zechariah 2:13 NIV
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