....the ponderings and wanderings of a Marble pastor's wife.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
stillness.....I went for a solo hike this morning. Now I did not break
the first rule of hiking, do not hike alone, because I walked up the
Quarry Road. Again one must be reminded that we only have one short
paved road in Marble and that was not it.
Since I was alone I
used the time to be with God. As I walked and I thought of someone, I
would pray for them. But as I continued I began to be quiet and to
listen. The scripture "Be still and know that I am God," echoed in my
soul. I continued walking up the long hill but I allowed my soul to
enter a stillness. Then it was as if the Holy Spirit spoke into my soul
that it is not enough to be still but your soul should enter into a Holy
stillness. I took a deep breath as if to breathe in more of the Holy
Spirit and I began to listen.
The birds that were singing
became hymns to the Holy One. The occasional breeze through the aspens
and the firs became the accompanying music. The sound of Yule Creek
running below became a praise of glory! I was part of this Holy
Stillness. Then I began to see......
I looked at the beautiful
wildflowers many of which I have learned their names: red paintbrush, white paintbrush, larkspur, fireweed and then those that I could not
recall. In the Holy Stillness I realized that God knew my name. "He
clothes the lilies of the valley; how much more would He take care of
me." "Who am I that God should be mindful of me?"
in the distance seemed too grand for me with their peaks soaring into
the heavens. I could not know all their crevices or reach all their
summits. Is that not like God? He is too great for complete human
understanding! Yet He loved us enough to send His son to pay the price
for our transgressions. All powerful yet so very intimate if only we
enter into the Holy stillness in which He calls us.
is stillness.......but God calls us into a Holy stillness. It is in this
place that we truly enter the Holy of Holies! And like Moses, we come
down from the mountain a different person.