Imagine that you are in a boat rocking wildly on the choppy waves of a rough ocean. Then the waves become calm, and the boat moves gently with the water. Feel the rhythm as the boat lifts and falls like a cradle being rocked. Allow yourself to relax.
Ever-present God, thank you for being here with me right now. In the chaos of my life, I often forget that you are always with me, always seeking to bring me peace.
People demand so much of me and my time. I face the requests of others, the needs of others, the expectations of others — always others.
I have so much to do and so many responsibilities resting on my shoulders.
I feel overwhelmed, as if the world around me is a heaving, crashing sea, and I am adrift in a small boat, unable to keep the waves from closing over me.
Only you can bring order out of this chaos. Say the word, All-Powerful God, and I know the seas will be calmed and that I will be safe. I know this — yet I’m afraid to let go of the tiller and trust you.
My mind skitters around my many concerns: What if something doesn’t get done? What if someone is angry with my actions? What if…?
Even as I say these words, I can hear how foolish they are. You, the God of my life, are also the God of order. Bring order to my life, and in doing so, take care of all those concerns that rise up around me like stormy waves. Calm the seas of my busyness; still the waters of my “doingness.” Let me drift on the gentle swells of your love and care. ….
Thank you, O God, that the same hand that stilled the waters holds my hand.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” —John 16:33
Throughout the day, imagine yourself on a calm ocean, quietly rocking in a small boat.
– Quiet Spaces: Prayer Interludes for Women
From pages 106-108 of Quiet Spaces: Prayer Interludes for Women by Patricia Wilson. Copyright © 2002 by Patricia F. Wilson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Note: See MyQuietSpaces.org, the website for women that was inspired by this book. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Practice today’s mediation and carry it with you throughout the day. Share your thoughts.
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.”
Genesis 17:1-2, NRSV
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