9/24/08

Return to Rest

One of my fondest memories of childhood is Highland Park in Kokomo, Indiana. The park—which features Old Ben, the biggest cow ever (4,700 lbs. and 6’4” tall at his death), and a huge old Sycamore stump (50’ in circumference)—is also the home to a covered bridge from Vermont. Built in 1875 and transferred to Highland Park in 1957, the bridge is a throwback to gentler days, when families took leisurely strolls down rocky roads or hitched a wagon of horses for a Sunday picnic.

To this day, I cannot look at a covered bridge without getting nostalgic and wistful for the relatively stress-free days of childhood. Some days I feel like I’m on a whirling merry-go-round-gone-mad, and I’m unable to get off. But, of course, I can. It’s a choice, isn’t it? Just as I can return in my mind to Highland Park and that beautiful covered bridge, I can return to a place of peace, rest, and joy, no matter my stressful circumstances—even when the world seems to fall apart around me.

Calm is especially important in this political season. When I watch people clamoring for our votes and willing to waffle and scheme to get them, I remember Psalm 37:7: "Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass" (Amplified). It almost seems too simple, but the answer for our stress-filled lives is found in this verse. As in a similar verse, Psalm 46:10, the Lord is our focus. When we know Him—His character and ways—and believe that He is in control, we can be still and return to rest.

1 comment:

Judy Scharfenberg said...

Dawn, As soon as I saw this covered bridge my heart did a flip-flop. Richard and I found one near Cleveland, Ohio. We took several pictures and when we got home, a month later, Richard began drawing it. It turned out so good I made copies, framed them and gave them to our kids for Christmas.

By the way, your writing is superb. I can see why your listeners and readers are encouraged. Keep up the good work.