Peace! Be Still!
"Peace! Be Still!" Jesus wakes up from his nap, sees everyone around him panicking, and says emphatically to the sea (but maybe also to his anxious friends?) these words.
Peace. Be Still.
I know how important it is to get to the place of "peace" and "stillness." But I also know I can't always just "turn off" the chaos and anxiety and unsettledness. Usually, something is not right, some need is not being met, some issue is not being addressed or taken seriously. If I'm hungry and you tell me "peace, be still," gosh, I'll do my darndest, but food might be most helpful.
What is it like when you or when we find that "peace" and "stillness" we so desperately need? And, what kinds of things need to happen for that peace to be genuine? To be a natural, positive outcome of something being "set right" within us, between us, or among us?
I mean, imitating Jesus and taking a nap could be a good start, if we can swing it...