Friday, February 18, 2011

My heart is not proud, LORD,
   my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
   or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed and quieted myself,
   I am like a weaned child with its mother;
   like a weaned child I am content.
                          --Psalm 131:1-2
The writer is speaking words that do not fit what he feels.  With his mind he claims that he has nothing worthy of worry.  But, the writer was anxious enough that he had to find a way to calm himself.   Perhaps his anxiety is rooted in the fact that he is nothing?  Pehaps he worries he'll be forever stuck at this one place in his life.  Whatever the precise anxiety stirred up, he calmed himself through imagining himself in his mother's arms.

Some of the medieval mystics tell of having "showings" or visions where they have vivid experiences of being with God.  The Psalmist here either had one of these vivid spiritual experiences of God holding him, or he used a mediation technique to visualize himself calm and quiet like the weaned child lies safely in it's mother's arms.  

In moments of anxiety we might pray for God to give us the vision of Him holding us like a weaned child with it's mother. There is something quite peaceful in meditating on this scene; like Jesus' mother holding her new son and pondering all things in her heart.

Merciful God, let the peace that passes all of understanding be ours and let us find moments of rest throughout our days.  In Christ and with Christ.   Amen.

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