“Peace is liberty in tranquility.” —Marcus Tullius Cicero
Tranquility is defined by Wordnik as “an untroubled state; free from disturbances” and “a state of peace and quiet”. The definitions resonate in my heart, while in reality, our world has many troubles with little peace and quiet. We have to work hard to create space for quiet and peace in our lives. Can anyone who has been around the last two years relate?
The setting of our home has become a place of tranquility for me, and for our family. I know without any doubt that God prepared this setting for our family in loving kindness. When we first moved in and I became very ill soon after, I questioned the wisdom of our decision to purchase a home.
God, what are we doing here?
In time I saw God’s hand in his thoughtful and kind provision. It has demanded much work to maintain (thank you, hubby). It has given me, especially, much more than I can repay in the beauty and presence of God I sense daily. A “healing” place, perhaps? I say that in the context of trusting the Great Physician, Jesus, with my physical and spiritual well-being. One of those ways I attempt to convey the peace and tranquility I feel here is by capturing wildlife nearby and (trying) to show their individuality on camera. It makes me happy. Besides, I want a dog really really much, and since we haven’t come to an agreement on what kind and when, I’ve kind of decided the foxes are my temporary fix. Kind of. From a distance.
Tonight we saw this young doe nibbling at the hosta plants nestled behind the daises. When she looked up, I followed her gaze and found our fox friend calmly observing her snacking. Call me crazy, but the fox seems kind of like the backyard host.
Observing nature and knowing that God provides for his creatures gives me comfort. He also knows my needs. He is a Good Father. What simple enjoyments give you happiness?
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?Matthew 6:30