There’s a single painting hanging on the wall of my room. The picture is a view from the shoreline looking out into the ocean. A single small fishing boat is in the calm waters not far from the shore. At the bottom of the painting is a caption with the word, “BREATHE.”
I’ve found myself looking at this painting and reflecting a lot. It reminds me of a time I felt God’s presence and complete peace while floating in the calm waters of San Clemente Beach. From that memory it reminds me of the day I was baptized years later at that same exact beach.
The overall scene reminds me of God’s beauty in nature and the many times I’ve gazed into the sky with awe. The word “breathe” I receive as a word from the Lord and it takes me to Psalm 46:10.
Be still and know that I am God.
In the stillness we are just breathing. We are breathing in His life. When we are still we are not anxious, worried, distressed or angry. We are simply still in the presence of God and all the life around us that He created.
I will accept this word of the Lord today and be still and breathe. I will cast my burdens away in His presence and accept His healing grace. It’s in the stillness when we slow down and breathe that we feel His presence. It’s in the stillness that we know He is God.
**This is a journal entry previously written during my stay in an alcohol abuse treatment center. I’ll be posting many more in the coming days. All entries will be linked here.**