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Quiet Waters - Rachel Weston

1st October 2020

“The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need. He lets me lie down in fields of green grass. He leads me beside quiet waters. He gives me new strength.”

Psalm 23:1-3 (NIRV)


My life, as a mother of six boys, is anything but quiet, but when you wake in the morning with these lyrics by Geoff Bullock on your mind, you know you need to find that space today to slow down and be refreshed: “Oh Lord you lead me By the still waters Quietly restoring my soul”. These lyrics from the song “Have Faith in God” are inspired by Psalm 23, when David reminds us of the shepherd heart of God, providing for the needs of his sheep (us).  He leads his “sheep” beside quiet waters, giving them new strength, restoring their souls. Sheep don’t necessarily love water, they need it for life, but they won’t choose to swim or jump into it.  Their woollen coats can become a drowning hazard, so you can see that a quiet stream or still waters would be most desirable for them to be refreshed.  The picture of the quiet waters shows us this is where sheep are most relaxed, where they will drink, be refreshed and ready for the next part of their journey.  It is in the quietness that God restores our souls. I have recently been reading on creating a hygge home.  It’s a Danish word that encapsulates the lifestyle of the Danish people.  To overcome the boredom and drudgery of their seasons of dark and cold, they create a mindset that in every part of their life they create hygge. While there’s no one English word or simple definition to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge, such as cosiness, charm, happiness, contentment, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simplicity. This whole concept of hygge in the Danish lifestyle reminds me of David telling us what God wants to do in our lives.  He wants to give us moments of peace, comfort and refreshing, found in the quietness with Him.  The Danish incorporate hygge into their daily life, so it becomes a natural extension, rather than a forced and stressful event.  How important this is for us also, with God. Today, as you start your day with this refreshing, drink from the quiet waters He has given you (His Word).  Be intentional in not just drinking from a rushing stream (as you run into your day), but also allow the quietness with God to be an intentional time of slowing down, finding comfort and refreshing in Him. “Be still, and know that I am God… ”  (Psalm 46:10 NIRV)



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