Dream of the Abandoned Chair (Photo credit: garlandcannon)
We sang this beautiful song during our morning church service. The words are reflective and personal. With any good lyrics, I find myself searching deep within and relating so well with each line. The title is simply, “Come and find the quiet center” and invites all to pause and reflect. In stepping away from the noise and chaos so often associated with our busy lives – I love the times I can quietly retreat and find my ‘center’ – that place reserved for God alone. A place where He is my focus and steadiness in a world gone mad. In the second and third verse (which are not on the video) there is a richness of word pictures. I especially love how ‘silence is a friend who claims us, cools the heat and slows the pace’. And ‘there’s a place for deepest dreaming, there’s a time for heart to care, in the Spirit’s lively scheming there is always room to spare!’
Do you have a quiet center? A place of reflection? A refuge in time of the great storms in your life? Take a minute today and reflect on these beautiful words – you will be blessed!
by Shirley Erena Murray
1 Come and find the quiet center
in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter,
find the frame where we are freed:
clear the chaos and the clutter,
clear our eyes, that we can see
all the things that really matter,
be at peace, and simply be.
2 Silence is a friend who claims us,
cools the heat and slows the pace,
God it is who speaks and names us,
knows our being, touches base,
making space within our thinking,
lifting shades to show the sun,
raising courage when we’re shrinking,
finding scope for faith begun.
3 In the Spirit let us travel,
open to each other’s pain,
let our loves and fears unravel,
celebrate the space we gain:
there’s a place for deepest dreaming,
there’s a time for heart to care,
in the Spirit’s lively scheming
there is always room to spare!
The following is taken from a blog post one year ago tomorrow. It was heartfelt and hopeful and I still am that girl – waiting for the day…one year later…
It is important to stop, reflect and look back – so that we can see how much change and growth has happened to us over time – if we allow God to work on us – soften our hearts and let things go that we can’t fix.
It is also important to learn the things that can’t be fixed and that it’s sometimes a blessing in disguise to NOT get the things you ask for. And that is the hardest lesson of all. To know that God sometimes heals through things not given – and through other people and relationships we encounter on our journey. It has taken me a long time to learn this – but I’m so glad to be finally getting it.
Posted by: Cindy Holman on: May 18, 2009
I am beginning
a new beginning
a new challenge
that is before me
a door I must walk through
It scares me
It is the unknown
I don’t know
how it will turn out
In my heart
I can see
as God sees them
A meeting of the minds
joining of “like” spirits
I am ready
I am waiting
Waiting for God’s timing
Waiting for God’s healing
I am ready
I can already see it
I am afraid
It is the scary unknown
Help me Lord to be ready when final healing takes place for me and all those in my life – and for anyone reading this today. I pray that our hearts will be open for you to do a special and deep work in our lives today so that you will be glorified as the only true relationship healer. I pray a special blessing on my readers today that you will give them a wonderful day – full of love, hope and promise of tomorrow.
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
Ever feel like you’re “under trial”? – You’ve had to face some great “test”? And that there is no help – even “silence” from God himself? Take heart – the teacher is always silent during the test.
Something is changing in my spirit in the past few days. I feel a heaviness is lifting – and a real deep joy is taking its place. Oh nothing specific – I just feel happy. Even playful – and can’t stop smiling or giggling. Did I pass the test? I’m sure it’s not over yet – probably not even close. Just when I think it’s behind me – there’s something else to remind me. And I know – I’m not over it yet. But when I have days where I am happy and can’t stop smiling – then I know I’m going to be one of the ones that has “persevered” and stood the test without “giving in” to sadness or depression – temptation and even sin.
And I am very lucky. I have such good positive people in my life. A rich and happy family – a husband that loves me for me – and good friends that daily walk with me and encourage me with their presence in my life – I am blessed ♥
I feel a little like Mary Tyler Moore in the theme song from her TV show in the 70’s – “You’re gonna make it after all” – it’s great to know. And I smile just thinking about it.