This photograph, taken at twilight on the Puget Sound off our boat with just Lance and I on board, is one of my favorites. I can almost feel the chilly air and the scent of seawater wafts by. To some it’s just a picture of a fishing pole, but to me, so much more.
It’s a simple thing. Isn’t it? The water, fishing, the water. But it’s enough to make my heart calm and for a moment, whatever troubles me leaves. Peace.
Since moving to Australia life has been tumultuous. Lots of change raises the stress level, which also raises the cortisol hormone. I’ve gained back five of the fifty pounds I lost last year. I need a lot of things that will calm, comfort and soothe me and it shouldn’t be in the form or ice cream, cake or chocolate, (although the chocolate here is amazing). Life would be easier if I could wade through it in a sort of calorie induced haze, but I’m not going back to that again. So, I pray, a lot, about what the Lord would have me do. How to best handle all these emotions? He has the answers.
He sent me to something He introduced me to about two years ago; learning something new. When life gets a little crazy, life vision gets a little hazy….I either learn something new, or fine tune something I’m learning.. Most recently it’s been photography and knitting. Thus the picture of the fishing pole, and the knitted baby blankets for the new grandbabies. And, all the while I’m reminded that even though my life may seem chaotic, my cortisol levels may raise, I might be on the verge of tears, there are simple things I can do to resolve all that. Prayer. Love. Peace, and for me, photography and knitting. Takes me to a different place. A quiet place.
You might not have the same stresses I do, but unless you’re dead, you do have stresses. And, I’m not sure you’re interested in knitting or photography, but if you spend time with Jesus and ask Him to direct you to a new thing, He’ll show you. This can be your simple thing to do in a simple place, even if just for a few minutes. Here you can find peace, calm and rest.
The best thing about finding and learning new simple things, is, if you do it with Jesus, then you won’t be alone, and you won’t be afraid and you will feel loved because He will never fail you. No matter where you live, or what you’re going through. He is there.