God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Peace, Be Still

When you set out to seek God where do you go? Do you head to the mountains to find God in the majesty of a hike? Do you drive to the ocean to experience the solace and comfort of the waves crashing in and out? Do you take a hike beside your favorite river or stream? Do you row to the middle of the lake and fish while experiencing the quiet comfort of the gentle rocking motion of the boat? How many of us this summer will head to the lakes to experience a time of rest and relaxation. What is it that draws humans again and again to seek out water? Even the poets try to answer this question.

I must go down to the sea again
To the lonely sea and the sky
And all I ask is a tall ship
And a star to steer her by.
John Masefield

Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean, roll;
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain!
Lord Byron

This is where I chose to go to experience God, to take time away to reconnect with and be comforted by God. There is a comfort to be found in the waves rolling in again and again. There is something about water that draws us in and fascinates us. When we are by water we touch the eternal.

At the Green Lake Conference center this weekend I was reminded of a movie I watched about water.  In this movie on the secret life of water, Dr. Masura Emoto, a Japanese scientist, wanted to study how water crystals were formed and whether they truly were different like a snowflake never being alike. He discovered differences between fresh water and tap, clean water and polluted water. He discovered that the vibrations of words and music changed the shape and structure of the water. He looked at water crystals before and after prayer and discovered that the crystals changed their geometry reflecting back more complex patterns through the vibrations. When negative words were used the crystals lost their structure, shape and form and seemed to become deformed. Now this is not an exact science and there are a lot more misses than hits, but think of some of the implications for us. Did you know that babies in the womb are 98% water and as we age we gradually lose the amount of water within our bodies? The average middle-aged adult is 70% water. With that amount of water and knowing that the words spoken around us are reflected in the crystal structure of water, can you image the impact on your body when you surround yourself in prayer? What if we were to go around saying the words Jesus spoke, prayed by the sea “Peace, Be Still.” Would this prayer spoken, often change who you are? If you head out to the shore try saying, feeling, hearing these words, “Peace, Be Still!"

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble. 
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
"Be still, and know that I am God! Psalm 46

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