A Moment to Reflect

19 June 2020

A Moment to Reflect -46

MOVED AND UNMOVED

Another quotation from Rachel Held Evans:

“I think maybe God was trying to tell me that gentleness begins with strength, quietness with security. A great tree is both moved and unmoved, for it changes with the seasons, but its roots keep it anchored in the ground. Mastering a gentle and quiet spirit didn’t mean changing my personality, just regaining control of it, growing strong enough to hold back and secure enough to soften.” ― Rachel Held Evans, A Year of Biblical Womanhood

After 14 weeks of self-isolation and lockdown I sometimes have fluctuating and contradictory feelings. On the one hand it often seems as if nothing has moved for a very long time. On the other hand it sometimes feels as if the ground itself is shifting beneath my feet. I can’t decide whether it’s like being stuck in a boat that is drifting aimlessly on the high seas or being caught in the middle of a mild earthquake. Either way, there’s a sense of uncertainty about what happens next and where we are going to end up.

Most people’s lives (including mine) occasionally go through such moments when we become acutely aware of both transience and transition—loss and change. What is different about the current situation is that virtually the whole world at the same time seems to be caught up in the flux and uncertainty.

Where can we find a sense of calm and stability?

Where can we discover the “still point in the turning world” T.S. Eliot

The Psalmist tells us where to look, where to put down our roots. “God alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken.—Psalm 62:2 (NRSV)