Beside Still Waters

Sunday was a beautiful day as we sat outside in the sunshine. We left the deck after breakfast and headed down to the pond. I sat on the dock while my young friend paddled her way around the pond with her dog.

The pond was mostly still except for the occasional frog jumping around the edge and the wind that would cause small ripples to rush across the surface. But otherwise, the water was still and clear, and from where I sat, I could see the bottom.

I watched those two quietly paddle back and forth across the length of the pond. It looked so peaceful. It was peaceful. My mind travelled back in time. Back to a time when Chelle was still here and our children were but wee little ones. We would sit out here beside these same still waters. Once upon a time…

Love poured over me as I watched her beautiful daughter sail around this pond that once meant so much to her. And I am thankful that this amazing young woman still accepts me in her life. My heart is filled with such compassion and love and gratitude.

Beside still waters…a place of peace, comfort, and safety…as perfectly and beautifully expressed in David’s song. Trust in God and He will lead you beside still waters.

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Nature is my sanctuary. And the best part is it’s always within reach in one form or another. The sky, the wind, green pastures, still waters…birds, squirrels, goats, and lambs. Nature is everywhere to be found.

Rest beside still waters and there you will find peace and tranquillity. And perhaps, love. ♥️


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