"Preach the gospel at all times, if necessary use words." - St. Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Shhhh! God Is Trying To Talk!

"Be still, and know that I am God."
(Psalm 46:10)

My physician has a phrase which he uses just about everytime he sees me. "Now Jimmy, we must learn more about age appropriate behavior." Usually this comes after a sprained wrist from volleyball, a pulled muscle from softball, a sprained ankle from a ropes course, another sprained ankle and no skin on my lower half because of learning to rollerblade. I always hang my head, act contrite and reply, "Yes, doctor. I'll try to keep that in mind."

Bwaa-haaaaa. I am one of those people who do not want to come to my last breath and have regrets for never trying things at least once. Hence, the rollerblades when I was in my late 40's.....an accident just waiting to happen. Finally, I came up with what I thought would be my ideal activity.......scuba diving. I love the water, and fish, and being wet, so I figured that I'd give it a try and take lessons. About a year ago, a local scuba company offered a beginning class, so I signed up.

Thank goodness I didn't have to wear one of those nasty wetsuits in the classes. Those would definitely not be age-appropriate behavior for me! Just a swimsuit was all that required; they furnished the rest. So, with much anticipation I went to my first class on bright summer Saturday.

Let me back up to state that I like to be involved and active in things, even though I can hold my ground as a couch potato with the best. So, my world is always in a somewhat confused state of being the spud or the stud. As a result of that, I have a very difficult time in finding a quiet time or place for God. Now, back to the scuba....

The teachers introduced us to the equipment, showed us how to put it on, adjust everything and we prepared to enter the very large pond. As I submerged myself and began to breathe through the tank, I realized the power that just a flip of your foot fin had in thrusting you through the water. After a few times of practicing techniques, the teacher told us to submerge and just enjoy being underwater for thirty to forty minutes, just doing our thing. They had various items under the water for us to explore, things written out for us to read and several other activities.

The first thing I noticed was the quietness. It was absolutely quiet and still. As my breathing became regulated, you didn't even hear or notice the tank assisting your breath. All you heard was the quiet. As I paddled around the bottom of the pond like a catfish or some other bottom feeding creature, I found myself thinking about God's creation of the earth, the underwater world and the beauty therein. I discovered how to just sit on the bottom and be perfectly still. For those minutes, the truth of the above verse came crystal clear. In order to truly hear and feel God, we must be still and quiet. There on the bottom of the pond, I could feel God speaking in the quietness. It was amazing. Once we came back to the surface, the noises of the world seemed so very loud that I wanted to return to the pond world of quietness.

I've learned to remember that feeling as I try to commune with God these days. The feeling of being at the bottom of a body of water, feeling the presence of the water on my body, but also the overwhelming quietness of the moment. In this loud and noisy world, it is hard to "be still", but that is what God expects of us. How did he finally speak to Elijah? Not in storms and earthquakes and crashing trees, but in the gentle whisper of the wind. We have to come to that place where we can totally submerge ourselves into our God, feel His Presence surrounding our bodies and to enter the overwhelming quietness of Him. Easy to do? Not at all, but, once you begin to make a serious attempt, you'll be surprised at what you may encounter. Or, you can always take a scuba lesson.

And for today my friends, this is the gospel according to Jimmy.

Be God's!


At 6:07 PM, Blogger Janice said...


Oh, what a lovely portrait of quiet time with God. Thanks for the reminder.


At 9:05 PM, Blogger Nan said...

I have been practicing (and I do mean practicing) meditation for about two years now. It is so difficult to turn off all that noise in one's head and just be in God's presence. For the longest time I kept waiting for something to happen. But, finally I realized that what is happening little by little is that the peacefullness of those moments is beginning to filter into the rest of life.

At 9:12 PM, Blogger Jot said...

Jimmy, you are so right... I've never been to the bottom of the pond, but I've been to the place you've described. One thing I've learned is that the more you allow yourself to seek that place, the easier God makes it for you to find. Great post... a definite blessing!

Peace, love and crystal clear ponds...


"Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem, or saying a prayer."
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 1:05 PM, Blogger JOE B said...

How come you didn't invite me to go to the scuba diving class with you? By the way I am your 7000 visitor, where is my gift?

At 11:45 PM, Blogger Wayne Newcomb said...

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At 2:45 PM, Blogger Orikinla Osinachi. said...

That was inspirational.

Do you believe in mermaids?

Atlantis and all that?

At 9:40 PM, Blogger Jimmy said...

Orikinia, interesting questions. Somehow mermaids and Atlantis have never been items to which I have ever given much thought. I've never seen a duckbill platypus, but I do believe in their existence because of their documented existence in many reference materials. Mermaids and Atlantis do not quite fall into the same proven category for me. Thanks for visiting and drop by again.


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