Sunday, May 3, 2009

A need for solace and a place to be quiet

(Picture taken by my husband.)

Lately I have been in a meditative mood. The world seems to be taking a turn toward insanity. It is no surprise really, since the bible tells us it will. It still makes me sad to see such craziness happening in our world.

With all that is happening in our world, I have needed to become more centered. I have needed to really understand what I believe, and to stick to those beliefs.

I have also wanted to grab onto what is important in my life. To be with my family and friends. To search out those who I love, and let them know I love them. I have needed to stand with God hand and hand.

A need for solace and a place to be quiet has been a constant in my life lately. The ocean is a place I always turn to because that is where my spirit sores and I feel closest with God. Even knowing this I have had to remember that one needs to be firmly grounded in God's word.

In order to stay close with God one has to take bible in hand.

Pulling out the bible I came to Ecclesiastes today.

This book, and verse speaks to me and the times we are living.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-18(New International Version)

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

What does the worker gain from his toil?

I have seen the burden God has laid on men.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.

That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God.

I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.

Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before
and God will call the past to account.

And I saw something else under the sun:
In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
in the place of justice—wickedness was there.

I thought in my heart,
"God will bring to judgment
both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
a time for every deed."


Just Be Real said...

Tracy, perfect visual and perfect scriptue! Striving to stay close to God is the only way to go, as hard as it can be a lot of the time. It is important to strive to be centered as you state, especially with all that is going on in this world!
Thank you for sharing this post.
Blessings dear one!

Mike Golch said...

Great posting Tracy,while reading part of it the byrds sog tur,turn,turn started running through my head.God Bless,my friend!Mike G.said that!

Denise said...

I am hearing you girl.... Time to rest and refresh....... I am on a blog break and need to rest in HIS light and restore my soul........

We must learn the signs of a weary heart..

ambersun said...

Hi from Australia

I really like your blog. I like the paintings and photos, the honest reflections and the meditations on scripture.

Keep it up

God Bless


Just Be Real said...

Happy Mother's Day to you Tracy! Blessings.

jumpinginpuddles said...

oh we need quiet also