Two Cents Tuesday: Calm

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.

Saint Francis de Sales

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Across the Bored at: http://acrossthebored.com/2013/08/06/two-cents-tuesday-challenge-calm/  has challenged us this week with the word “CALM”.

A few years ago after a season of prayer I wrote down a new life vision statement: “Live the slow, constant, intentional lifestyle.”

For me calm is not so much a place but a mindset. I am learning tranquility has little to do with location or even circumstances. It is all about a decision to walk slowly through the raging river of life; It is all about finding a constant rhythm of work, play and rest that defies the world’s attempts to sidetrack, distract and redirect me onto less productive pathways; It is about being intentional in all I do by understanding who I was made to be and where I am meant to go.

I do not pretend to have mastered this lifestyle yet. I am good when my days go as planned. I feel calm in the beautiful places; But as Publius Syrus said,

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

The true test of calm comes when my life-ship approaches the white water. Calm is truly tested when nothing goes according to schedule, when all my plans are contested and confounded by constant interruption and by the shrieking of the world’s need. I have learned though that nothing can touch a calm that is truly seated in Christ.  If I believe that my circumstances  are just a random set of events perpetrated by the flapping of a butterflies wings in China then my calm is easily rattled. However if I can somehow in my slowness, constancy and intentionality understand that my circumstances are fully under the control of a loving God then I can remain calm even as I walk through the “Valley of the Shadow of Death.”

I love the times and places that easily lend themselves to calm and relaxation.

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But I am coming to love the river rapids of life more because in them I see reflected the calm that is produced by my Father in Heaven… the calm that cannot be shaken by anything in this world.

"You will keep in perfect peace     those whose minds are steadfast,     because they trust in you." Isaiah 26:3

“You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3

8 thoughts on “Two Cents Tuesday: Calm

  1. Beautiful photographs to accompany such a serene reflection – I will be passing this post along to a few I know would definitely benefit from your words.

  2. Wonderful, God-honouring words and lovely pics.

    What an incredibly amazing God we serve – a loving, caring God who guides us through life in calm and storm, always keeping us safe and undertaking for us, while teaching us and moulding us into the image He has planned for us.

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