Finding the Calm
"Light, space, zest— that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing. When vandal hordes ride down ready to eat me alive, those bullies and toughs fall flat on their faces. When besieged, I’m calm as a baby. When all hell breaks loose, I’m collected and cool. I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long. I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet. That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, the perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic. God holds me head and shoulders above all who try to pull me down. I’m headed for his place to offer anthems that will raise the roof! Already I’m singing God-songs; I’m making music to God. Listen, God, I’m calling at the top of my lungs: “Be good to me! Answer me!” When my heart whispered, “Seek God,” my whole being replied, “I’m seeking him!” Don’t hide from me now! You’ve always been right there for me; don’t turn your back on me now." – Psalm 27:1-9 MSG
When I was little it seemed that my father could do no wrong. Sitting on daddy's lap was a magical place where the world could not hurt me. Then one day my father was lighting his pipe. He got out his tobacco and matches and asked me to hold the match for him. Being a dutiful daughter and young I was happy to help. As the match got shorter and shorter, I just waited for him to blow it out or take it back. Instead it burnt my fingers.
In many ways we are still like those small children we once were There are times when we seek safety and security. However, we learn that to have perfect trust in another means that inevitably we will be hurt or disappointed, except with God. We worship a God that always seeks the best for us and is continually working with us to help good things happen. When people in our lives are working against us or trying to achieve success through the holding down of others, God reminds us of the differences between what is valuable to the world and what is valuable to God.
How does one find calm in the midst of conflict, doubt or fear? I believe it only comes through trusting in our God who welcomes us in and gives us a place to rest and reflect, to pray and hear. There are times when what we need most is a safe place to lay our heads, but there are other times when God is calling us to action. In both times we need a safe place to rest, reflect, pray, hear and respond.
Today, we wonder where we find the calm during the storms of our lives? How to we breathe in the Holy Spirit during those times? Lent is a wonderful time to reflect on what God calls us to as we share God's Spirit with others who are seeking peace.
Prayer: Abiding God, we seek security in your arms of love. Help us to breathe in your Holy Spirit as we are guided by your call to love and be loved. May we seek God and respond in hope, peace, joy and love. Amen.
Rev. Laura C. Kelsey, Author
Rev. Kelsey is proud to pastor the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac, MI. Together with the faithful and loving worshipping community at FPC. she enjoys sharing God's Word with others, working to help folks experience God's love and discern their direction in life, and lovingly reach out to the greater Pontiac community.