I hope you will really look at and think about this picture. Think about how fleeting this kind of stillness on water is — a falling leaf, a little fish, even the wind could easily disrupt it. I think that is why it is so beautiful to witness. You instinctively know that this kind of stillness cannot last long.
Because the Spirit is often described as a still, small voice, it is also important to have a time of quiet in our lives as well. The Lord has counseled us to “be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:10) If we provide a still and quiet time each day when we are not bombarded by television, computer, video games, or personal electronic devices, we allow that still, small voice an opportunity to provide personal revelation and to whisper sweet guidance, reassurance, and comfort to us.
I read this in a talk yesterday from the recent general conference of my church. Later in the morning I attended the first session of a 40-day yoga experience, where I committed to find 5 minutes of stillness every morning and every evening. In other words, I’m going to learn how to meditate. I already start my day with quiet time that involves prayer and reading, but I’m now going to preface this time with 5 minutes (I’m sure I’ll have to work up to this) of absolute stillness … I’ll report back.
In the meantime, perhaps you could join me in creating more stillness, even if it is fleeting, in your daily routine.