Oct 16, 2015

Suspend Worry and Wrestling

This post from my archivesSuspend Worry and Wrestling, recently caught my attention. The message remains ever so true as it was in 2011, well worth revisiting the wisdom of that day. Join me. Feel the wind against your skin and glory in the luxury of that!

Old Dog sprints stiffly to the water’s edge; darting, nose skimming, reading the news of critterdom left on scented surfaces. A banquet of scents hangs in the air to inhale and savor. Bird song, rabbit skittering, and turtle sightings entice Old Dog from branch to brush and then back to the water’s banks. 

The beleaguered, burdened human trails behind, mentally distant, unheeding, unseeing. A heavy heart and weighty concerns veil the senses. Dappled light dances across shaded lawn but eyes don’t really see. A canopy of green foliage rustles overhead as breezes shift and sway; but ears don’t really hear.

In time the Old Dog, satiated with the frenzied hunt for smells; settles and revels in the shade, nose attentive to buffeting scents carried on the wind. 

A glance toward my Old Dog turns into a full measured pause. It’s clear his aging self has troubles of his own: sight has dimmed, hearing and muscles are much diminished. And yet, I hear the interior Spirit suggest; Notice, your Old Dog knows well enough to be hereHe knows well enough to sense the cool of shaded grass on fur free skin, to lift the nose and savor the smells in the breeze, to feel the wind in his fur, and glory in the luxury of that, the divine restoration of that!

I feel my eyes widen, mind stumbling to be alert. I settle in the shade and strive to suspend worry and wrestling to attend. Water rushing over the rocky falls fills the ears. 

Wind buffets warm across skin and lifts hair. The essence of wood, wind, and water, the marvel of it all, fills the breath, slows the heart, and quiets thought. Listen for that which one can hear only in spiritual stillness. To see what can only be seen with the soul, to sense the holy in the moment. 

 The Spirit of the LORD will be with you to give you understanding, wisdom, and insight.     
   You will be powerful, and you will know and honor the LORD.  
Isaiah 11:2 (CEV)

Human fears lift...
and shift... 
reframed by deeper awareness and divine meaning that transforms into peace filled strength. 
… to be renewed in the spirit of your minds…  
Ephesians 4:23 (ESV)
Smiling now..., 
grateful for the gift received. Old dog and human head home renewed by divine nudging.

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Linking with Still Saturday, Weekend Whispers, Coffee for the Heart, and Tell His Story.


  1. I love the term "divine nudging". Being here in the present moment is not an easy task for many of us. there are so many things to worry about.

    1. No, not an easy task. Being present, like all our endeavors to follow more closely with God, is a life long process. Kind of you to visit Beside Still Waters.

  2. So refreshing in so many ways...Old Dog, your words, and, more than anything here, God's Word. He refreshes us in ways we cannot fathom. So thankful you are my neighbor at Weekend Whispers.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    1. Divine refreshment, so worthy of pursuing. I appreciate the kindness of your visit.