I Dwell in the Word. I do it often. And I dwell in the same text for many weeks. I sometimes get to the point that I think I will never find anything new in this same old text. And then I dwell again, and find something brand new. How does this happen?
I’ve come to realize that Dwelling works because each time that I dwell in that same old text, I am in a different place. Different things are going on in my life and in the lives of those I know and love. That’s the miracle of Scripture . . . that it talks to us in different ways, depending on who we are, and where we are. It seems always to work for me that way.
Psalm 131 is called a Song of Quiet Trust . . .
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with its mother;
My soul is like the weaned child that is with me.
As I dwell in that verse today, I am in a very different place than I’ve ever been before.
I am a new grandparent. My life changes every time I FaceTime with my granddaughter and my daughter and my son-in-law. Because I am in a different place. Different things are going on in my life and in the lives of those I know and love.
I have learned that it’s important that I have a period of quiet trust. I do have a deep trust in God—yet I need to make that an even deeper part of my being. To truly believe and understand that God is there even as I change each day, that God is with me all the time. That God is the one that makes my soul like that of a weaned child that is with me.
Because a weaned child is with me.
At this time in Lent, as we move ahead, may we all quiet our souls . . . like the weaned child that is with us.