Yesterday afternoon, I was able to get away for several hours and spend the majority of my time praying, reading, and journaling at Starbucks. Aron and I are praying about some specific possible changes in our life in the coming months (details forthcoming), so I wrestled through some of this while away. It's been at least 6 months since I have gone to Starbucks alone and it's interesting to reflect how life changes. For several years before and after Aron and I married, I/we were always at the Bucks doing the aforementioned activities. I realized how much I have missed it. Being a new mom, I find that my Bible reading has entered a new era. I'm sure many of you can relate, regardless if you are mothers or not. It seems our spiritual journeys manifest themselves differently throughout our lifetime. Part of me thrives on this and part of me loathes it. I like predictability (who doesn't?), yet I also like spontaneity. I'm learning to be content with the ups and downs of my walk, knowing there will be times of ardent fervor and times that I fail to seek God at all. Here are some excerpts of a hymn I reflected through during my alone time over an iced Americano.
Be Still, My Soul
text by Katharina von Schlegel, 1752
v.1: "Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side, bear patiently the cross of grief or pain; leave to your God to order and provide, in every change he faithful will remain. Be still, my soul: your best, your heavenly Friend, through thorny ways leads to a joyful end."
v.3: "Be still, my soul: your Jesus can repay, from his own fullness all he takes away."