Did you write out Goals for yourself at the start of the New Year? Or did you, like many of us who have a hard time looking ahead at a sea of possibilities, choose a #OneWord for your theme this year? How are you doing with the practice of that word?
It’s hard to imagine, but it’s already the beginning of the 2nd quarter of this year! Many bloggers are doing a check-in about now, to evaluate their progress in how that One Word has affected their days this year.
But there is a difference between moving slowly,
I have had enough of those
to last a life-time!
crevices and cracks of my heart
when I make the choice
to find stillness
softness of heart.
One of the ways that God began to stir my heart to see the difference between “slow” and “still” came as I followed a sweet blogger in her leading of a type of Scripture Reading called Lectio Divina. I popped in at her Youtube channel several times last year, and always came away so refreshed. When two other friends, from different sources, also joined in with the Lectio Divina, or “Slow Word-Divine Word” type of study, then I knew God was asking me to pay attention.
Lectio Divina is a type of Scripture listening, often read aloud. This type of pausing and being quiet with the Scriptures is one more way to let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly.
But it was this particular passage, led by Summer Gross, for one of her Lectio Divina, that confirmed the direction in my Stillness Journey early this year:
to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there!
If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings
to the far western horizon,
You’d find me in a minute—
you’re already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
At night I’m immersed in the light!”
It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you;
night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.”