Peaceful Waters



I was walking through the woods once  and I came upon this scene…  The woods were cool and fresh in the stillness of the early morning light and I came upon this little stream suddenly.  The babble of the water could be heard along with the singing of the birds and the crickets; I had to stop…

I wondered as I took in the sights and sounds if the Garden of Eden was like this back at the dawn of time.

A person could say that this was the kind of environment that we were intended to inhabit, surrounded by God’s creation in peace and wonder… only perhaps without the gnats! In scenes such as this God seems nearer somehow, and yet He is always near at hand.  Maybe this apparent nearness is caused by the lack of distractions, I don’t know, maybe it’s just my imagination.

We can be near to God whether we are in the city or the country, whether there is quiet or noise, whether we are relaxed or stressed; it’s a matter of understanding and desire to pull close to Him.  Yet, there are certain situations that are almost automatic…

Wherever you are, whatever is going on in your life, why not move near to Him today and give Him thanks and praise for the amazing things He is doing in your life?  Surely your day will be enriched by it.


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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9 Responses to Peaceful Waters

  1. You are right about the distractions. We have to press through them to get to God.

  2. Kitsy says:

    There will always be gnats, if only in the form of niggling thoughts. Like grains of sand, or burrs in the blanket, it’s what keeps us moving along…otherwise, we’d always stay by the streams of life and never return to the hard stuff.

    Thank you for the lovely picture and message. Crickets in the morning? Must have been August.

  3. Cate B says:

    Excellent. My favorite “church services” have been out in nature.

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