“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
One evening while we were away it rained. Loads of rain. Lots of thunder and lightning. This morning the river seemed to be hustling along more rapidly than yesterday.
From the balcony of the condo, I spied a small pool and kept watching it for fish. The guide that accompanied us on our first fly-fishing adventure said to look for trout in the pools of the river. Sure enough, when the sun was full out, shining down, I could see a beautiful rainbow trout. He was so still I’d have thought he was dead if he hadn’t been upright in the water.
In the calmer spots of our lives – the pools – where there’s not a lot of motion, there is still something going on. There may not be the hustle-bustle – rush – and turmoil of everyday life. Yet all around is a bubbling, effervescent world whose waters flow around us continually.
There is still life, there, in the resting. Life and renewal and refreshing. When it is time, we’ll move out of the pool and into the current, back into the rapid flow of the river.
In the book of songs, in the Bible, it says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Ps. 46:10) The Lord graciously provides pools for us in our lives.
That’s good news.
Inspirational Messages, Sally I. Kennedy 2016