Psalm 131:2

“But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.” (Psalm 131:2)

I look back over the majority of the eighty years of my life and realize that of all the needs I saw in people whom I ministered to or worked with this was one of the most needed. Whether seeing people across the desk in a counseling session or talking to parents at school, whether sitting on a bench in the mall observing or viewing the news from the couch there is an obvious unrest among our people.

So much to do and so little time to do it. Rushing even in rest. Have you noticed how even our recreational moments are seldom calm or quiet? Fewer and fewer people of our day know how to sit quietly and meditate. They are looking for God in the whirlwind. Great servants of God, like David, found God in the quietness of their souls. It is hard to find calmness when viewing or living life in a time-lapse camera. Slow down and smell the roses is not in the Bible but the concept is.

What a beautiful picture this psalm presents. The weaned child is not struggling to consume but is content to just enjoy the closeness of his mother. Can we do that with God; give up asking and needing and just relax in His loving hands?

Task for Today: Turn it off. Reduce manmade sound. Locate God; He is all around you. Listen to His voice. Angels in heaven are singing sweet songs; open your heart to the music. Watch the sun come up or go down in silence. Observe the forms of the clouds. Let the patter of rain calm your inner man. Hear the birds sing and the crickets chirp. God is all around you, but He isn’t in the whirlwind you may have made of your life.

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