“As long as I kept moving, my grief streamed out behind me like a swimmer’s long hair in
These words, from Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood
My mother tells the story of me rolling from one side of my crib to the other on my fifth day of life. To say that stillness comes naturally to me is to say that I enjoy holding my breath and seeing how well I do without oxygen.
Most of us are from cultures that value movement. And
Standing in line,
If you are like me, stillness, silence, and solitude will feel a bit ridiculous at first. And unnatural and eternal.
I can produce like a workhorse. If you need something done, I am your person. But withdraw and sit alone for five minutes? Agony. Be quiet without any background noise or multitasking? (Isn’t that why God made podcasts?) Boring. Stop moving without reading or scrolling through my phone? I start jonesing like the distraction addict I am.
Today, instead of merely talking about stillness, you are going to practice it. I found an
Play it on full screen without doing anything else. (One short warning, the video does abruptly end after 8:45 and goes on to another nature video.)
Sit by this stream, and be still.
If you don’t see the video, you can watch it here.
In preparation for this post, I sat in stillness with God, this beautiful video, and allowed the Holy Spirit to “float around my face” like my hair in water.
I’ll be honest, it was awkward and harder than it “should” be—it is only eight minutes for heaven’s sake! But that is why we have Soul Tending Tuesdays. To create space for us to tend our souls in ways that allow God to speak.
How was it? I’ll share my experience in the comments and I’d love to hear yours.