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Soul Quiet | Kelley Deases
S~ But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. Psalm 131:2 (NIV)
O~ The imagery in this verse is so beautiful. To speak of quieting one’s very soul — not merely shutting one’s mouth or shutting out distractions — connotes a permeating, all-encompassing peace. Also, the picture of a weaned baby says complete dependence and trust, but not the frenetic, fussy, crying baby who becomes crazed in his need for immediate feeding.
A~ I am learning a new schedule and a new pace, one which incorporates new employment. While I have only taken on a 15-hour per week (at this point) position, it is causing other activities to be shifted and shuffled around. Add to that the stress of learning new tasks (with my old brain!) and interfacing with new people and meeting project deadlines, this period feels anything but still and quiet. In an effort to keep up with added responsibilities and get enough sleep, I have neglected my daily time where I would normally quiet my soul before the Lord. But the picture painted by David in this psalm reminds me of that place of soul quiet……and I desperately want more of it!
P~ Father, You gently draw me back when I stray from Your Presence. Back to the place of peace and complete contentment only You can offer.