DAY 31: Saturday 18 April
Good morning – there’s been some rain overnight so the gardens are refreshed…
One aspect of our changed environment over the past 4 weeks has been the subject of much comment. People I pass on the street (at a distance of course!) often along with the ‘Hello!’ and cheery acknowledgement of our passing at a safe distance will add – ‘isn’t it lovely and quiet?’ The roads have been noticeably quieter, with the occasional exception, the skies are most certainly quieter with the lack of aircraft and it seems many people are just enjoying and appreciating what has in reality been forced on us through the present circumstances.
But quieter environment is only part of the story in seeking true peace. Many eastern religions teach meditation as a means of discovering inner peace, but the problem is that it depends on what is inside of us in the first place. The feelings at that moment may be pleasing but the problem is once we come back into a normally hectic world, the peace gets pushed out. Modern lifestyle presumes constant noise – radio alarms to wake us, breakfast radio or TV, music in the car and of course the ever-present phone/ipad throughout the day. I heard the sad story some years back of a youth group being taken from their inner city surroundings for an adventure/activity week in Wales. Around midnight on the first night there, there was commotion in one of the dormitories when one of the girls had a emotional breakdown. Despite the efforts of the staff and leaders, she was inconsolable and in the end she had to be brought back home the following day. Apparently, her stress had flipped because there was very poor mobile phone signal where they were and this had tipped her over the edge.
Our culture presumes that we must be in constant communication, have continual access to others through social media and live with a constant background of music and video. The stresses and illnesses caused inside our brains and then in the rest of our bodies through this constant background of noise was never intended by the Creator. In fact we can only discover real lasting peace when we allow God to reassure us in quietness. Try turning off the noise for an hour…. (and I don’t mean the husband!!)
Psalm 37:7 Be still in the presence of the LORD and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about the evil that prospers or fret about wickedness around.
Psalm 62:5-6 Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Suggested Hymnalong for today >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/21576117
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