Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Thursday, 3/26/09 - "A SECRET PLACE"
These words are typed on a small square of paper and taped to my bathroom mirror:
Humility is perpetual quietness of heart.
It is to have no trouble.
It is never to be fretted or vexed, or irritable,
to wonder at nothing that is done to me,
to feel nothing that is done against me.
It is to be at rest when nobody praises me,
and when I am blamed or despised,
it is to have a blessed home in myself
where I can go in and shut the door
and kneel to my Father in secret and be at peace,
as in a deep sea of calmness,
when all around and about is seeming trouble.
Wonderful sentiments, hopes, and dreams.....to never be fretted, vexed, or irritable....to be at peace even when being blamed or unrecognized by others. How are these things possible?
How beautiful to be able to go into myself, shut the mental door, and be at peace with God deep inside. This takes faith and trust and a willingness to suspend useless and detrimental old behaviors in the face of adversity, behaviors such as angry words, using the 'silent treatment', resorting to self-destructive behaviors like overeating, binge shopping, not sleeping. Instead of resorting to these behaviors, to stay quiet and pray.
A SECRET PLACE
Hidden recess in my mind
Filled with light and warmth and love
There glows a place entirely calm
Acceptance, trust, and faith I find
All knowing, understanding deep in there
Expands the sense of peace - - surrounds
Echoes in the heartbeat all around
God shares his proof of total care
(Photo credit: Kolmanskop-Namibia by Chris Gray-ga)